Thomas Rice an author for the Emergency Medical Journal caused quite a stir by a paper he published last year on the increased risk of car crash fatality due to obesity.
Where his paper concluded Findings from the study suggested that obese vehicle drivers are more likely to die from traffic collision-related injuries than non-obese occupants involved in the same collision. And we all know knowledge is power he also concluded knowledge is needed to improve seat belt use as well as airbag deployment for obese people as compared to people with a smaller frame as is research to understand the potential role of obesity and accepted safety practices of car manufacturers and injury outcomes.
Mr. Rice, who coauthored the article co-authored with Motao Zhu of the Injury Control Research Center at the University of West Virginia, stated “He was quite surprised that we had quite a little media frenzy,” as they also concluded that obese drivers are almost 80 percent more likely to die in a car crash than people with more moderate Body Mass Indices (BMIs).
Even though weight and overweight issues are right up there with sex, drugs and rock n roll, as virtual topic of neurotic interest, guilt and shame alas all of the rip roar caused by the Rice article died a typical death and everything seemed to go back to normal or should I say politically correct.
Until Humanetics CEO and President Christopher O’Connor of Humanetics Innovative Solutions a Michigan-based firm that manufactures the safety test devices, announced its development of an “obese” crash test dummy.
Christopher O’Connor says his company had been considering the development of a heavyweight and altogether larger dummy for some time, but that the study by Rice and Zhu made the project a number 1 priority for his company.
O’Connor also stated “When you have data confirming that you’re 78 percent more likely to die in an accident if you’re obese, that’s a major problem,” says O’Connor. “The last strongly regulated [crash test dummy product] came out in the 1980s, when only about 15 percent of the U.S. population was obese. Now it’s more than one third, and 40 % of middle-aged baby boomers are obese. The size of the average adult driver has changed dramatically, and we have to address that change in our products.”
O’Connor went on to say, adult crash tests involved a “relatively slender” dummy weighing 169 pounds. “It represented a BMI of a little less than 25, which means it’s no longer relevant. The data [from the Rice and Zhu study] that showed people with a BMI of 35 are 51 percent more likely to die in a crash, and used that as our baseline.”
The new dummy is more representative of an obese American driver, with a 35 BMI and a weight of 273 pounds. The point being Humanetics didn’t just slap on fatty rubbery material to an existing design and call it big-boned.
“People don’t gain weight uniformly from head-to-toe,” O’Connor says. “We had to mimic the way extra weight is distributed on a human body. As it turns out, most of the gain is in the midsection.”
And that seems to be the primary reason for the increased fatality rates among the obese, says Rice. In basic terms, a big belly makes it difficult if not impossible to adjust seat belts properly.
So Why Are The Larger Test Crash Dummies So Important?
Crash test dummy tech is evolving rapidly and in my opinion it can’t happen soon enough. O’Connor cites his company’s newly released advanced model: Thor. “It has many more sensors than earlier models, produces many more channels of data, and provides truly biofidelic responses. It allows you to hone in on the precise degree of injury. Not just that a certain kind of crash in a specific vehicle injures your ribs, for example, but whether it’s the second or third rib, and whether it’s a bruise or a fracture.”
Not only are we getting fatter we are getting older. So what’s next a fat elderly crash test Dummy?
Well you guessed it, because it all gets down to the fact that the United States population is getting older and fatter. And this makes us more vulnerable to injury during car accidents.
Mr O’Conner states “At the end of the day, we just want to make sure everyone is as safe as possible,” he says. “We shouldn’t think these problems are restricted to the U.S. Obesity rates in China and India are growing faster than in this country. These are safety issues that are global in scope, and we have to deal with them.”
Who else wants to know what you should do following a car accident in Phoenix Arizona
A few important facts from the video:
40% of whiplash patient’s continued to suffer with chronic ongoing pain.
Scar tissue starting to form within 3 days following an accident.
Without proper treatment you could develop arthritis following a car accident.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association the best treatment for whiplash his mobilization and manipulative therapy.
Whiplash is real and is not something just made up by chiropractors and attorneys and you should know whiplash is a serious problem.
Whiplash symptoms can remain hidden for several days months and then show up years later.
Many whiplash victims in Phoenix Arizona have improved significantly with chiropractic care even though they didn’t respond to medication and physical therapy.
The cost of chiropractic treatment following a car accidentis usually covered by a combination of car insuranceand health insurance.
We do not need to have an attorney in order to seek treatment with your chiropractor, however it is wise to hire an attorney so that they can assist you in the ups and downs of the legalities involved with a car accident.
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Car Accidents as well as motorcycle accidents in Phoenix and Scottsdale are very dangerous. The confusion that takes place immediately following an accident can impair anyone’s common snse of judgement. Most people are worried about who caused the accident, who is hurt, what damage did my car suffer and many times car accident victims do not seek proper care following a car accident.
Please be aware that you should seek the care of a medical doctor either at the emergency room or your private medical doctor. Once you know you have no life threatening injuries you should then seek the care of a health care professional who is well versed in spinal mobilization and manipulation of the spine. Phoenix Chiropractor Dr John Quackenbush has over 30 years of clinical experience with these types of whiplash accidents. Dr Quackenbush agrees that you do not need to have an attorney to start your treatment but recommends that you be legally represented as soon as possible. If you have been involved in a car accident you should have an examination to determine if in fact you have underlying injuries that if left untreated will only get worse with time. Also be aware that usually the third and/or the fourth day following an accident are when symptoms will typically get worse and them seem to decrease over the next 3-4 weeks and this maybe accepted by most car accident victimms that they have healed and that can be dangerous as the underlying injuries may never be treated until it is too late.