Fatal injuries in a minor traffic collision

J Forensic Sci. 1995 May;40(3):492-4.


An elderly woman was the driver and sole occupant of a midsize car involved in a minor collision with a standard sized automobile. She was restrained with a lap and shoulder belt and the air bag was deployed. Yet she suffered fatal chest injuries. No injuries were sustained by the unrestrained driver and passenger of the larger vehicle. Despite maximum restraint in a fully functioning new model car, even a minor collision can be fatal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Aged
  • Air Bags / adverse effects*
  • Autopsy
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart Injuries / etiology*
  • Heart Injuries / pathology
  • Humans
  • Rib Fractures / etiology*
  • Rib Fractures / pathology