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NHTSA’s THOR Program Could Uncover Valuable Car Accident Safety Information

An automobile is a dangerous place to be. Every 12 minutes or so, one person dies because of a car accident in the United States. That means that in any given year the 6 million car accidents on our roadways will claim more than 40,000 lives. With more and more cars being added to the road each year, the auto industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, but they aren’t the only industry ramping up their efforts to serve our nations citizens.

For the last 35 years, the Human Injury Research and Applied Biomechanics Divisions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Vehicle Safety Research has been conducting studies aimed at advancing scientific knowledge in biomechanics in order to “enhance motor vehicle occupant safety through regulatory and non-regulatory efforts, and support the NHTSA’s mission to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes.”

The NHTSA recently announced the development of one such research program to assist in the development and subsequent evaluation of new vehicle occupant safety systems. The THOR Advanced Crash Test Dummy Program has developed some of the most technologically cutting edge crash test models to date, incorporating significantly improved biofidelity measures and expanded injury assessment capabilities for all areas of the body.

To simplify the trauma that a typical car accident does to a person’s body, we must think in terms of collisions and momentum. Most people characterize a car accident as one impact, however when a driver collides with another vehicle, three separate collisions occur. The first collision involves the vehicles momentum being abruptly stopped by another object, while the second occurs when the passengers in the vehicle collide with the interior of the car. The third and most damaging collision happens when a passenger or pedestrian’s internal organs collide with their body. These are the types of collisions that research programs like THOR are aimed at preventing, and these are the collisions that injure three million Americans each year, two-thirds of them permanently. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

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