Crashworthiness Investigation Of Cervical Spine Injuries Among Motorcyclists In Malaysia
Ooi, Soon Shen (2003) Crashworthiness Investigation Of Cervical Spine Injuries Among Motorcyclists In Malaysia. Masters thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
This study looks at cervical spine injuries sustained by motorcyclists in motorcycle road crashes. There are hardly any studies on cervical spine injury of motorcyclists compared to studies on injuries sustained by car passenger during crash. The motorcycle rider is relatively more exposed to road hazards compared to a protected car passenger. They are therefore more prone to injury than those traveling in any other form of transport. The motorcycle is relatively less stable and accorded little protection to riders in road crashes compared to a four-wheeled vehicle. The cause of injury and injury mechanisms are more uncertain for a motorcyclist compared to a car driver. The objective of the present study is to correlate the motorcycle crash mode to the cervical injury sustained by motorcyclists in real-world scenes. The findings of the study unveiled ideas and information to safety engineers on designing a motorcycle restrain system as injury mechanisms were predetermined. Motorcyclists with cervical injuries admitted to the hospitals were selected for the present investigation. The types of injury sustained were acquired from the medical report. Information on the crash scene and crash mode was obtained from the police report and interview session arranged with the motorcyclist involved in the crash.
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