The article describes an accident which might explain why 77 per cent of traction injuries to the brachial plexus occur in motor-cycle accidents. Two motor-cyclists suffered A right-hand handlebar head-on collision at an impact speed of about 130 km/h. The nature and possible mechanism of the injuries are described. In one case, because the rider did not leave his machine, the plexus must have been damaged at the time of the initial impact. Stretching of the nerves was accentuated by the momentum of the cyclist's chest, head and neck which continued to move forward on impact. The other cyclist also had injuries consistent with the initial collision but this cannot be proved as he fell from his machine. It is possible that the increased weight of the new style of full face crash helmet contributes to the increase in severe brachial plexus injuries. Sudden rotation of the handlebars may also be partly responsible. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

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    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1978-6-24


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1668
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6128
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM