Motor Vehicle Collisions With Large Animals

This article reports on a review undertaken to analyze the mechanisms and patterns of human injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) with large animals, including moose, camels, deer, and kangaroos. Injuries may be caused by a direct collision with a large animal or by hitting another object when trying to avoid an animal. The authors found that a collision with a moose typically causes a rear-and-downward deformity of the roof of the car. Occupant injuries in a direct moose-car collision are typically serious and include injuries to the head and neck, as well as upper extremities injuries. The camel falls on the roof of the car causing cervical and head injury to the occupants. Injuries caused by kangaroos and deer are usually mild. The authors report on some of the strategies used in different parts of the world to help prevent collisions with large animals. These techniques included signs to alert drivers of an animal crossing, overpasses or underpasses for animals, and reflectors that frighten the animals. Roo-bars are used in Australia to reduce the car damage that can result when hit by a kangaroo. Fencing has proven useful in the United Arab Emirates.

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  • Authors:
    • Bashir, Masoud O
    • Abu-Zidan, Fikri M
  • Publication Date: 2006-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1116-1120
  • Serial:
    • Saudi Medical Journal
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Staples Printers Rochester, Limited
    • ISSN: 0379-5284

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2007 8:06PM