A properly worn seat belt provides varying protection in almost all collision types by preventing occupant ejection and by reducing interior contacts, allowing the occupant to "ride down" the collision while crash energy is dissipated during vehicle deformation (484,487,498-502). To take full advantage of the time duration of vehicle crush, the
Fig. 55. Levels of injury potentially sustained by an unrestrained driver in a frontal collision. The pathologist must be aware that even restrained occupants can be injured by intrusion into the occupant compartment. (Reprinted from ref. 489 with permission of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.)
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