Fatal motorcyclist injury from a hinged and rounded rearview mirror

Am J Emerg Med. 1989 May;7(3):300-1. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(89)90175-7.


Rigidly mounted sharp projections from automobile exteriors have been replaced by flexibly mounted rounded structures believed to be less hazardous to unprotected road users. The present report of a fatality from an external rearview mirror indicates the continued potential for harm from a projecting structure in spite of a hinged mounting and rounded shape.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Automobiles / standards*
  • Equipment Design
  • Flail Chest / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motorcycles
  • Thoracic Injuries / etiology*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / etiology*