METHODS OF OCCUPANT KINEMATICS ANALYSIS IN AUTOMOBILE CRASHES. IN: OCCUPANT AND VEHICLE RESPONSES IN ROLLOVERS

This chapter on methods of occupant kinematics analysis in automobiles is from a comprehensive text on vehicle and occupant responses in rollovers. The authors stress that understanding occupant kinematics is an important part of accident reconstruction, particularly with respect to injury causation. The authors describe some methods for assessing occupant kinematics in a collision, and discuss their limitations. They present a technique that is based on free-body analysis and that can be used to establish an occupant's path of motion relative to the vehicle, locate the point of occupant contact, and determine the occupant's velocity relative to that contact location. Establishing the occupant's path of motion relative to the vehicle aids in determining the location of the second-impact and identifying contact marks, the time from initial collision to the second-impact, the occupant's velocity, possible ejection portals, and occupant injury location.

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  • Accession Number: 00985020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0768012953
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PT-101
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 10 2005 12:00AM