Interior padding reduces head injuries in crashes

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A crash test of the Toyota Prius showed how upper interior padding helps protect occupants. In the test, the dummy’s head struck the roof rail and grab handle during rebound, but sensors in the dummy suggested a low risk of head injury due to improved energy absorption in these components. Padding that automakers added to the upper interiors of vehicles ...
Cellphones, texting and driving

Cellphones, texting and driving

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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a rescue worker is seen at the scene of an accident involving two school buses, a tractor-trailer and another passenger vehicle, near Gray Summit, Mo. Federal safety investigators say a 19-year-old driver was texting at the time his pickup truck, two school buses and other vehicles collided in a deadly pileup ...

VIEW FROM THE WITNESS BOX: TESTIFYING IN COURT

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A physician called to be an expert medical witness can take a number of steps to prepare for a successful court appearance. Chiropractic / Medical expert testimony is often required to prove the injuries are the result of the crash itself. Practicing physicians / chiropractors should expect to be called on to testify about their treatment of a patient at ...

Side Impact Testing

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Side crashes account for about a quarter of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in the United States. Protecting people in side crashes is challenging because the sides of vehicles have relatively little space to absorb energy and shield occupants, unlike the fronts and rears, which have substantial crumple zones. Automakers have made big strides in side protection in recent years by ...

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF CERVICAL / ACCELERATION / DECELERATION (CAD) INJURY

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Common Symptoms Following Whiplash, In Order Of Prevalence The symptoms most commonly described following CAD injury are described in their general order of prevalence. This is not however, an exhaustive list. Neck pain Headache Interscapular pain Back Pain Paresthesiae Extremity pain/weakness Cognitive difficulties Dizziness/light-headedness Facial pain and TMJ related symptoms (clicking; closed lock etc.) Auditory symptoms (phonophobia; tinnitus; loss of ...

Side Impact and Rear Impact Crashes

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Biomechanics & Trauma conducts cooperative and collaborative research with other organizations around the world to develop tools that help mitigate injury and death in motor vehicle crashes. Crash test dummies are developed and tested and NHTSA’s fleet of crash test dummies are maintained within this group. Human Modeling Computer modeling of human tissue could be traced back to 1950s. However, ...

Star ratings upgrade leaves NCAP missing the mark on consumer tests

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There's much to like about revisions to the federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that provides consumers with vehicle crash test information. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will update the dummies and injury criteria and expand NCAP ratings to indicate vehicles with crash avoidance features like electronic stability control and lane departure and forward collision warning. Published in July, ...

DRIVER ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: The percentage of passenger vehicle drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices remained constant at 2.2 percent in 2015. Driver handheld cell phone use decreased from 4.3 percent in 2014 to 3.8 percent in 2015 (Figure 1); this was not a statistically significant decrease. These results are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), ...
Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash Injuries

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Whiplash: Treatment and Recovery Not all car crash claims require the guidance of an attorney. However, sometimes, claims are complex enough or injuries are severe enough, that hiring an attorney is the smartest thing a victim can do to protect your future and improve their chances of fair resolution. But the first step you should take following a car crash ...