Car design and risk of pedestrian deaths

Am J Public Health. 1990 May;80(5):609-10. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.5.609.


Fatal pedestrian injury rates by cars with relatively sharp front-corner designs were compared to such rates by cars of similar-size with relatively smooth front-corner designs. The relative risk of death by front-corner impact was 26 percent greater among the sharp-cornered cars. Pedestrian death rates from impact with other points on the cars and insurance claim frequencies among the studied cars were similar between the two sets of cars.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality*
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Automobiles*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • United States