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Some features of traffic accidents

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5686.799 (Published 27 December 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:799
  1. G. M. Mackay


    Some aspects of urban and rural traffic accidents have been studied at the scene of some accidents in Birmingham and the county of Worcestershire. Accidents to pedestrians are essentially an urban problem, occur mainly at low speed, and most of the serious injury comes from the initial contact with the vehicle, rather than from secondary impacts with the road surface. The characteristics of motor-cycle accidents are more varied; in urban areas there are many side impacts, with consequent injury to the lower limbs, while rural collisions are predominantly front on, with a high incidence of head injury. Accidents to car occupants vary according to the environment.

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