Seriously injured occupants of passenger vehicle rollover crashes in NSW

Mike R. Bambach, Rebecca J. Mitchell, Garrett Mattos, Raphael H. Grzebieta, Andrew S. McIntosh

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This study uses linked police-reported road crash and hospitalisation datasets to establish the patterns of serious injury sustained by occupants of passenger vehicle rollover crashes in New South Wales, 2001 to 2011. A total of 10,876 casualties were identified that were injured in crashes where rollover was the primary event. The injury patterns are compared with in-depth rollover crash investigations using United States data, where injury mechanisms were identified in an effort to establish rollover crash test protocols and identify appropriate areas for vehicle improvements to ameliorate serious injuries. The aim of the present study is to establish similarities between patterns of serious injury to the head, spine and thorax between Australia and the United States, such that the lessons learned with regards to injury mechanisms, test protocols and vehicle performance requirements may be shared and used to improve vehicle rollover crashworthiness in both countries. General descriptors of rollover crash incidence, characteristics and determinates of serious injury in NSW are also reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Australasian College of Road Safety
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • rollover
  • serious injury
  • injury mechanisms
  • rollover crashworthiness


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