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

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

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 headneckface 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.

Subject Categories:

  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE