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TitleObesity and age as factors in lethal leg amputation following motorcycle crashes
Authors
Year2019
TypeUnknown
AbstractThe autopsy files at Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA) were searched from January 2008 to December 2018 for all cases of motorcycle fatalities with a lower limb amputation. Six cases were identified; five male riders and one female pillion passenger, with age ranging from 48 to 67 years (average 59 years), significantly older than the control group (40.6 years; p<0.01). All decedents were overweight with body mass indices (BMI) of 28.7-43.5, average 34.9, significantly greater than the control group (28.8; p<0.05). This study has shown that older motorcycle riders with higher BMIs are at greatest risk of lower limb/pelvis amputations.
Conference Name2019 Australasian Road Safety Conference
Conference AbbreviationARSC 19
Conference LocationAdelaide, Australia
Conference Date25 – 27 September 2019

Reference
Siobhan O’Donovan, Corinna van den Heuvel, Mathew Baldock, Roger W Byard (2019) Obesity and age as factors in lethal leg amputation following motorcycle crashes.