BLOG

New Crash Test Dummies Developed to Reflect Obese Driver Fatalities


Obese Crash Test DummiesIn addition to existing crash test dummies, a new obese crash test dummy, weighing 273 pounds with a body mass index of 35, will now also be used for to measure airbag loads and seat belt effectiveness. By comparison, a normal-sized crash test dummy weighs only 167 pounds. Officials at the Center for Injury Biometrics stated to CNN that the idea backing the updated dummy version is to better predict auto accident injuries.

CNN also reported that Humanetics, one of the world’s largest makers of crash test dummies, will soon provide an obese model in order to help determine why larger vehicle occupants are more likely to die in a car crash. Christopher O’Connor, president and CEO of Humanetics, stated in an interview with CNN, “The reason is the way we get fat,” he says. “We get fat in our middle range. And we get out of position in a typical seat.”

A recent report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information examined the role of body mass index (BMI) and other factors in driver deaths in motor vehicle crashes. The research found that obese, male drivers have a substantially increased risk of death due to motor vehicle crashes, especially at high speeds. The findings may have important implications for developing safer vehicles in the future.

The report found a 0.87% fatality rate among male drivers and 0.43% rate among female drivers in motor vehicle crashes. The report notes a strong association between BMI and male fatalities.

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has experienced and successful attorneys who represent auto accident victims throughout California. Nadrich and Cohen, LLP handles all types of traffic accidents, including: auto accidents, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

If you or a loved one were injured in a traffic accident call 1-800-718-4658 not to speak with an auto accident attorney. There is no cost or obligation to contact one of our experienced attorneys. We handle all inquiries with the strictest confidence and sensitivity. Call 1-800-718-4658 now for a free consultation, or complete the contact form on this page.

Do I Have A Case?

We offer free consultation. No office visit required, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

What can we do for you?

  • Answer your legal question.
  • Provide a Free Case Evaluation.
  • Schedule an appointment.

 

Why
Choose Us?

  • Available 24/7
  • Trusted Since 1990
  • Local to You
  • Recovered $350,000,000
  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Free Case Evaluation
  • VIP Service
  • No Win, No Fee

Latest Law Post


August 22, 2019

E- Scooter Insurance Coverage Issues In California

Electric scooters, also called e-scooters, seem like a fun way to get around the city.  After all, they are inexpensive to rent, easy to locate using an app on your phone, and require very little effort to move longer distances.  Rental programs for these e-scooters are popping up in cities across California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others.  Before you rent an electric scooter, there are some things to consider regarding liability and insurance in the event of an e-scooter accident.


August 20, 2019

PG&E Says It Knew Its Lines Could Spark Fires

PG&E Corp acknowledged in July 2019 that it has known for many years that its power lines could fail, sparking wildfires in the process. The acknowledgment came in a federal court filing which had been mandated by U.S. district judge William Alsup, who had ordered PG&E to respond to a Wall Street Journal article on a “paragraph-by-paragraph basis.”

 

We are Personal Injury Lawyers representing accident victims throughout California.
For 30 years, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has helped injury victims
obtain the compensation they deserve.