FATAL INJURIES TO RESTRAINED PASSENGER CAR OCCUPANTS

A study was made of all 94 cases in the HSRI CPIR file in which a seat-belted occupant received fatal injuries. Of the 94 occupants, 79 were wearing a lap belt and 15 were wearing a lap and shoulder belt. A major purpose of the study was to examine the role of intrusion in fatal injuries to properly restrained occupants. The hard-copy report of each case was read to review the specific fatal injuries and their sources, and to judge whether the passenger compartment was compromised by collapse or intrusion of a foreign object. Findings showed that 50 percent of the fatal injuries were to the head/face/brain region, and 69 percent involved compromise of the passenger compartment. Of 10 persons killed in relatively non-severe crashes (CDC of 3 or less), eight incurred fatal head injuries. /Author/

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    Highway Safety Research Institute

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    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48109
  • Authors:
    • O'Day, J
    • Kaplan, R
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00184553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-023 926
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1983 12:00AM