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Whiplash Prevention: IIHS Rear Crash Test Study

We all hear about the danger of whiplash from getting rear-ended, but how do we prevent it? This is where the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety comes in.

Enter BioRID – an anthropomorphic test device (more commonly known as an ATD, or simply a crash test dummy), used by the IIHS to emulate a human body’s reaction to automobile collisions. The IIHS used BioRID to simulate rear crash testing, providing accurate, real-time reactions of an actual human body.

In a recent video, IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby illustrates how BioRID is strapped into a seat which has been mounted to an air-pressured sled. The sled is then accelerated forward with the same velocity that a car seat would accelerate during a rear end collision. IIHS research then analyze the results, examining how the car seat protected the crash test dummy from whiplash.

Results are analyzed, conclusions are made, and ultimately – cars are safer. All thanks to the great work of the IIHS and their drive to make car accidents less fatal.

The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers know how devastating a rear end collision can be. Contact us with any questions – we are here to help!

Watch the IIHS Rear Crash Testing video here.

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