Helmet-induced skull base fracture in a motorcyclist

Rodney D. Cooter*, A. Jack Mclean, David J. David, Donald A. Simpson

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Observations after a fatal motorcycle accident suggested that the face bar of a full-face helmet may transmit an impacting force to the skull base via the chin strap and the mandibular rami and condyles, bypassing the energy-absorbing facial bones. If this mechanism is confirmed, the structural properties of these face bars will need to be reassessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-85
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number8577
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes


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