The objective of this study was to quantify key adult and child occupant kinematic, kinetic and muscle responses from sudden evasive vehicle maneuvers. This data is useful to develop future tools to better assess injury risk in crashes preceded by crash avoidance.
Pre-crash occupant motion may affect head and torso position in vehicle occupants, which in turn may influence the performance of restraint systems in a crash. Additionally, child occupants may exhibit different physical reactions from sudden vehicle maneuvers compared to adults.
How can we gain a greater understanding of how people physically respond in evasive vehicle maneuvers to properly engineer the right tools to enhance crash protection technologies?
As a result of this study, we determined the following:
This is a project in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia