Autopsy findings on 68 fatally injured truck drivers were reviewed to ascertain severe injuries sustained upon impact with the occupant compartments. Injures of the head, neck, chest, and abdomen in drivers of vans, pickups, and heavy trucks are discussed with some suggestions as to possible mechanisms. Findings suggest that particular attention is needed to prevent steering assembly injuries of the chest and abdomen in drivers of heavy trucks and pickups, injuries of the cervical spinal column in drivers of pickups, and head injuries of the drivers of vans. It is urged that existing knowledge of crash dynamics and occupant protection be applied to the prevention of injuries to truck occupants. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of 21st Conference, September 15-17, 1977. Sponsored by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and by Maryland Medical-Legal Foundation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  United States  60044
  • Authors:
    • Karlson, T A
    • BAKER, S
    • Morton, B F
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 367-378

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176788
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-053-3-609
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM