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Road traffic related injury severity in truck drivers: a prospective medical and technical analysis of 582 truck crashes

  • While cyclists and pedestrians are known to be at significant risk for severe injuries when exposed to road traffic accidents (RTAs) involving trucks, little is known about RTA injury risk for truck drivers. The objective of this study is to analyze the injury severity in truck drivers following RTAs. Between 1999 and 2008 the Hannover Medical School Accident Research Unit prospectively documented 43,000 RTAs involving 582 trucks. Injury severity including the abbreviated injury scale (AIS) and the maximum abbreviated injury scale (MAIS) were analyzed. Technical parameters (e.g. delta-v, direction of impact), the location of accident, and its dependency on the road type were also taken into consideration. The results show that the safety of truck drivers is assured by their vehicles, the consequence being that the risk of becoming injured is likely to be low. However, the legs especially are at high risk for severe injuries during RTAs. This probability increases in the instance of a collision with another truck. Nevertheless, in RTAs involving trucks and regular passenger vehicles, the other party is in higher risk of injury.

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Author:Sebastian Decker, Dietmar Otte, Christian W. Müller, Christian Krettek, Stephan Brand
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2017/10/13
Year of first publication:2017
Contributing corporation:Klinik für Unfallchirurgie (Hannover)
Release Date:2017/10/13
Tag:Analyse (math); Bein (menschl); Deutschland; Fahrer; Konferenz; Lkw; Schweregrad (Unfall, Verletzung); Unfall; Unfallrekonstruktion; Verletzung
Accident; Accident reconstruction; Analysis (math); Conference; Driver; Germany; Injury; Leg (human); Lorry; Severity (accid, injury)
Außerdem beteiligt: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Verkehrsunfallforschung
Source:7th International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research" 2016
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 80 Unfallforschung
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 84 Personenschäden
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 7th International Conference on ESAR
Licence (German):License LogoBASt / Link zum Urhebergesetz

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