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TitleThe role of the upper interior in car occupant brain injury
AuthorsMcLean AJ, Kloeden CN, Farmer MJB
Year1996
TypeConference Paper
AbstractCrashes involving passenger cars have been investigated as part of the ongoing study of brain injury mechanisms being conducted by the NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit (RARU) and also in the course of an at the scene in-depth study of rural road accidents. The information available in 74 fatal cases includes the results of a detailed investigation of the vehicle and the crash circumstances, and the neuropathologist's report on the nature and extent of the injury to the brain, together with details of other injuries sustained by the occupant in the crash. The exact location of the impact or impacts to the head has also been recorded. In 43 non-fatal cases, the information on the injury to the brain is based on neurosurgical diagnosis, often supported by the results of CT scans. On a case by case basis, selected characteristics of the injury to the brain are related to characteristics of the impact to the head and the object struck to identify those cases in which the provision of some means of energy absorption might reasonably be expected to prevent, or significantly reduce the severity of, the injury to the brain in a similar crash.
Report NumberESV Paper Number 96-S8-0-03
SponsorFederal Office of Road Safety (FORS), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Conference Name15th International technical conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV)
Conference AbbreviationESV
Conference LocationMelbourne, Australia
Conference Date13-16 May 1996
Journal Volume (Issue)2
Page Range1266-1272 (vol 2)
Page Count7
NotesAvailable from CASR library on request

Reference
McLean AJ, Kloeden CN, Farmer MJB (1996) 'The role of the upper interior in car occupant brain injury', Proceedings of 15th International technical conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), pp 1266-1272 (vol 2).