In-Depth Investigations of Motor-Vehicle Crashes and Moving-Vehicle Incidents Involving Passengers and Drivers Seated in Wheelchairs
Task Leader: Lawrence Schneider, PhD
Other Participants: WTORS, wheelchair, and seating manufacturers; van modifiers, public and private transportation providers; wheelchair and seating suppliers and clinicians, other crash investigation programs, the NHTSA
This project addressed the key output of the RERC WTS by
It did this through the conduct of in-depth investigations of crashes or other moving-vehicle incidents involving passengers and drivers seated in wheelchairs to identify the types and causes of injuries.
This project was a continuation of a crash-investigation program funded by the first RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, and took place over the 5 years of the project. The project resulted in objective assessments and documentation of injuries and injury causation scenarios for passengers and drivers involved in adverse incidents and crashes while seated in their wheelchairs in different types of private and public vehicle and transportation environments. This information is needed to guide future R&D and standard-development efforts, and will be used to educate key stakeholders.
Although the RERC funding of the crash-investigation program has ended, UMTRI continues to investigate crashes or other moving-vehicle incidents involving passengers and drivers seated in wheelchairs with funding through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Please refer to the contact information below if you would like to report an incident.
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