OTTE, D. ... et al., 2009. Assessment of injury severity of nearside occupants in pole impacts to side of passenger cars in European traffic accidents - analysis of German and UK in-depth data. IN: Proceedings of the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles [ESV 2009] 15-18 June 2009, Stuttgart, Germany, 11pp.
The national accident statistics demonstrate that the
situation of passenger car side impacts is dominated
by car to car accidents. Car side to pole impacts are
relatively infrequent events. However the importance
of car side to pole impacts is significantly increasing
with fatal and seriously injured occupants.
For the present study the German in-depth database
GIDAS (German In-Depth-Accident Study) and the
UK database CCIS (Co-operative Crash Injury
Study) were used. Two approaches were undertaken
to better understand the scenario of car to
pole impacts. The first part is a statistical analysis
of passenger car side to pole impacts to describe the
characteristics and their importance relevant to
other types of impact and to get further knowledge
about the main factors influencing the accident outcome.
The second part contains a case by case review
on passenger cars first registered 1998 onwards
to further investigate this type of impact including
regression analysis to assess the relationship
between injury severity and pole impact relevant
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