Kinetic energy management in road traffic injury prevention: a call for action

Authors

  • Davoud Khorasani-Zavareh 1. Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran; 2.;2. Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Maryam Bigdeli 1. Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran; 2.
  • Soheil Saadat 3. Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Reza Mohammadi 2. Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Keywords:

Kinetic energy, road traffic, injury prevention

Abstract

By virtue of their variability, mass and speed have important roles in transferring energies during a crash incidence (kinetic energy). The sum of kinetic energy is important in determining an injury severity and that is equal to one half of the vehicle mass multiplied by the square of the vehicle speed. To meet the Vision Zero policy (a traffic safety policy) prevention activities should be focused on vehicle speed management. Understanding the role of kinetic energy will help to develop measures to reduce the generation, distribution, and effects of this energy during a road traffic crash. Road traffic injury preventive activities necessitate Kinetic energy management to improve road user safety. © 2013 KUMS, All right reserved

Author Biographies

Davoud Khorasani-Zavareh, 1. Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran; 2.;2. Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

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Maryam Bigdeli, 1. Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran; 2.

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Soheil Saadat, 3. Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Reza Mohammadi, 2. Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

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2013-11-11

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