Title: Assessment of personal vehicles side impacts in the Czech Republic

Authors: Roman Mikulec; Stanislav Tokař; Greg Sullenberger

Addresses: Transport Research Centre, Líšeňská 33a, 63600, Brno, Czech Republic ' Institute of Forensic Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200, Brno, Czech Republic ' Vector Collision Analysis, 390 Matson Road, Ligonier, PA 15658, USA

Abstract: This study is focused on the analysis of the injuries sustained by vehicle occupants during side crashes based on the data obtained in the Czech Republic since 2011. In the study the analysis of recorded injuries was carried out depending on the position of the passengers in vehicles. Only those vehicles that were crashed from the side (and the impact was directed to the passenger compartment) and where at least one of the passengers was injured were selected. The most common AIS ≥ 2 level injuries of these vehicles' passengers were head and chest injuries. Despite the average age of the documented vehicles (over 11 years), there appears to be no considerable difference in injury distribution in this study compared to those presented in older studies even after significant difference in data collection period of the respective studies and considering progress in vehicle safety.

Keywords: crash analysis; side impact; injury; vehicle occupant; passenger position; vehicle age.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFE.2019.106663

International Journal of Forensic Engineering, 2019 Vol.4 No.3, pp.214 - 225

Received: 16 May 2019
Accepted: 19 Jul 2019

Published online: 16 Apr 2020 *

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