Researching auto accidents is an important field, namely because the research conducted often leads to safety improvements as well as designing roadways and laws to help prevent car accidents. With more than 1,000 Georgians dying annually in auto accidents, researchers at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital have a goal to reduce the number of fatalities. Biz Journals reports on a grant to the two facilities, in conjunction with the University of Michigan to conduct research on auto crashes.
The grant comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and totals $4 million. Its aim is to study motor vehicle accidents which result in victims being treated at Grady.
The funds will be utilized to launch a Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) center. Part of the research will include the collection of data on the performance of vehicles in crashes. It will also look at the injuries that resulted from the crashes.
Participants will be enrolled in the study when they are involved in an auto accident and then transported to Grady either by ambulance or helicopter.
Investigators will take data collected from accident scenes, study the interior and exterior damage done to the vehicle, and provide information on the injuries suffered by the passengers. That information will then be matched to specific vehicle damage.
The goal is to study up to 65 crashes in metro Atlanta per year, and researchers hope to study data on more than 300 people injured in crashes.
After one year, the research will expand to include pedestrians and motorcycles.
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