Low- And Medium-Speed Vehicles Shouldn’t Mix With Regular Vehicles on Public Roads

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Low- and medium-speed vehicles shouldn’t mix with regular vehicles on public roads. Low-speed vehicles aren't designed to protect their occupants in crashes. Although low-speed vehicles (LSVs) must be equipped with basic features like lights, mirrors and safety belts, they are exempt from most federal motor vehicle safety standards, and they don't have to meet any criteria for vehicle crashworthiness. They ...

Eyes on the Road: Searching For Answers to the Problem of Distracted Driving

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Using a cellphone while driving is risky and can lead to crashes. Making or taking calls, texting, or interacting with an electronic device in any way can take your eyes off the road at a critical moment. Teenage drivers may be especially susceptible to distractions. In response, states have enacted cellphone and texting bans, and insurers along with other groups ...

Brain Injury in Children

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Incidence Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two age groups at greatest risk for TBI are age 0-4 and 15-19. Among those ages 0 to 19, each year an average of: 62,000 children sustain brain injuries requiring ...

The Front End Impact Collisions And Pedestrian Risk Of Injury

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Improved crashworthiness and growing availability of systems to help drivers avoid crashes have made roads safer for vehicle occupants. Now engineers are working on improvements to vehicles that could protect pedestrians, too. FRONT END COLLISIONS: The consequence of such trauma depends on various factors as follows; Velocity of the subject vehicle - energy and velocity bears an exponential relationship. Velocity ...

Newton’s Laws Of Motion & Whiplash Injuries

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Newton's laws of motion are three physical laws that together laid the foundation for classical biomechanics of whiplash injuries. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to said forces. They have been expressed in several different ways over nearly three centuries, [1] and can be summarized as follows from ...

Neck Injury Risk Is Lower If Seats and Head Restraints Are Rated Good

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The rate of neck injury complaints is 15 percent lower in cars and SUVs with seat/head restraint combinations rated good compared with poor. The results for serious injuries are more dramatic. Thirty-five percent fewer insurance claims for neck injuries lasting 3 months or more are filed for cars and SUVs with good seat/head restraints than for ones rated poor. These ...

New vehicle seat and head restraint designs are reducing neck injuries in rear-end crashes

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New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that some new designs of seats and head restraints are reducing neck injuries among car occupants involved in rear-end crashes. This is the first U.S. study to measure the effectiveness in real-world crashes of some of the innovative designs that manufacturers are beginning to introduce. Nationwide, Progressive, and State Farm ...