METHOD TO EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF SAFETY BELT USE BY REAR SEAT PASSENGERS ON THE INJURY SEVERITY OF FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS

Among vehicles involved in frontal collisions that had at least one rear seat passenger, it is often observed in on-site accident investigations that front seat occupants suffer severe injuries from unbelted rear seat passengers being thrown forward by the impact of frontal collisions. This report proposes a method employing the Linked Accident Database that contains statistical accident data in Japan with vehicle registered data, in order to evaluate the effect of rear seat passengers wearing seat belts on the injury severity of front seat occupants in collisions. The results of the investigation of the statistical accident data show that rear seat passengers' wearing seat belts is effective for reducing not only their own injury severity but also the injury severity of front occupants who sit in front of rear seat passengers.

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  • Accession Number: 00989511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2005 12:00AM