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Vehicles reversing or rolling backwards: an underestimated hazard

Authors
Journal
Injury Prevention
1353-8047
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/ip.7.4.327
Keywords
  • Brief Report

Abstract

Patients and methods—Medical records and questionnaires completed by parents for 32 children admitted to the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Graz, within the past eight years, were analysed. Results—The median age was 2.1 years (1.0–14.0 years). Fourteen of 32 of the cars were driven by family members (43.8%); three were rolling backwards without a driver (9.4%). The median injury severity score was 3 (1–27) and the most common injuries were contusions (40.6%), fractures (31.3%), and lacerations/burns (21.9%). Most incidents occurred in driveways (37.5%) or farmyards (21.9%). Altogether 70.3% of children sustained "run-over" injuries, 29.6% were hit by the rear bumper or injured by a breaking window. Conclusions—Toddlers playing in driveways or farmyards are at risk of a injury caused by reversing vehicles/vehicles rolling backwards.

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