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Influence of Car Weights on Driver Injury Severity and Fatalities in Head-On Collisions
Published May 13, 1996 by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in United States
This statistical study looks at injury severity and fatalities for belted drivers involved in collisions between two cars having a known mass. This research, when considered along with the results already presented by other teams, allows an in-depth evaluation of risk as a function of the mass of th impacting cars.
In this study, we have analyzed injury severity and fatalities for the drivers in both involved cars as a function of the cars' respective weights, as well as the overall severity of the collisions.
Moreover, in the second part of our paper, we have applied to our accident sample L. Evans' method of establishing drivers' exposure to risk in two-car collisions through the analysis of pedestrian fatality frequency according to car mass.
The differences between the results observed using the two methods will be discussed