Accession Number : ADA569314


Title :   Injuries Sustained in Noncombat Motor Vehicle Accidents During Operation Iraqi Freedom


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : MacGregor, Andrew J ; Mayo, Jonathan A ; Dougherty, Amber L ; Girard, Paul J ; Galarneau, Michael R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a569314.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : Objective: To examine injuries sustained in noncombat motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) during Operation Iraqi Freedom by injury nature, site, and severity. Methods: 348 military personnel injured in noncombat MVAs were identified from clinical records completed near the point of injury. Results: On average, personnel suffered two injuries per incident. The most frequent mechanism of injury was non-collision due to loss of control. Overall, 16% were injured in a collision incident and 19% in a rollover incident. Rollovers were associated with more severe injuries. Drivers had a higher frequency of head/neck/face injuries, whereas gunners and pedestrians had higher rates of extremity injuries. Conclusions: This analysis provides a thorough overview of injuries incurred during nonbattle MVAs in the combat environment. Future research should combine injury data with accident reports to elucidate areas for improvements in vehicle safety.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS , *NONCOMBATANT , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , CLINICAL MEDICINE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY VEHICLES , REPRINTS , SAFETY


Subject Categories : Weapons Effects(biological)
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE