Publications

Many of the centre’s publications can be accessed online, covering a wide range of topics.

These include evidence-based road safety observations relating to: drug and alcohol use, collision avoidance, cycling, injury biomechanics, young drivers, traffic engineering, fleet safety, and occupant protection.

Alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medications used by severely injured drivers, riders and pedestrians before and after the crash

This project was concerned with examining substance use both before and following involvement in road crashes causing serious injury. It was comprised of two data analysis studies, one on fatal crashes and one on hospital admission cases, a literature review on substance use by those with injury typ...

Fatal blunt chest trauma: An evaluation of rib fracture patterns and age

The following study was undertaken to determine if any specific occupant characteristics, crash factors, or associated injuries identified at autopsy could predict the occurrence or number of fractured ribs in adults. Data were accrued from the Traffic Accident Reporting System (TARS) and coronial a...

Causes of Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Occupants: An Overview

Injuries from motor vehicle collisions are frequently encountered in routine forensic practice. While the most common lethal events involve blunt force trauma with injuries to the head and neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and limbs, review of the literature and case files shows that a wide variety of ot...

An elementary expression in five variables relevant to many road accidents

This article suggests a model for many road accidents, namely, those in which a vehicle being driven forwards encounters an obstacle such as a pedestrian, a vehicle, or a tree. An equation for speed of impact is obtained from the model. (Speed of impact is very important in determining severity of i...

Cardiac Disease and Driver Fatality

To determine the role of cardiac disease in driver fatalities, a retrospective review of autopsy files at Forensic Science SA in Adelaide, Australia, was undertaken over a 13-year-period January 2005–December 2017 for individuals aged ≥ 40 years who had died while driving a motor v...

Human Head and Neck Kinematics during Autonomous and Human Braking in Three Initial Head Positions

Whiplash injuries resulting from vehicle collisions are still a significant socio-economic issue across the world. Years of research has resulted in the development of injury criteria, restraint systems and a deeper understanding of the injury mechanism. However, some grey areas remain and, in the c...

Profiling fatal and serious injury crashes in South Australia according to the Swedish Transport Administration Model

This article describes a study examining fatal road crashes in South Australia (SA) according to the safety model developed by the Swedish Road Administration (STA). The STA model is based on the biomechanical limits that human beings can tolerate and specifies a number of elements that must be pres...

An examination of potential exposure measures for vehicle safety technologies in South Australia

Emerging vehicle safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane keep assistance (LKA) systems are among a number of technologies for passenger vehicles that are likely to have a significant impact on road safety in the future. Their effects though, are highly dependent on th...

Injury crashes involving adult cyclists in South Australia, 2009-2018

This report contains a straightforward statistical summary of adult (16+) cyclists injured in road crashes reported in South Australia for the period of 2009 to 2018 obtained from the Traffic Accident Reporting System (TARS). A set of tables based on various characteristics of the crashes is present...

Road safety benefits of placemaking activities in South Australia

Placemaking is an urban design practice that provides a focus on place attributes for more inclusive use by 'people' rather than motor vehicles and where the central focus is 'place' (for people) rather than 'movement' (of traffic). Placemaking activities include simple interventions such as artwork...

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