Complete trunk severance of a motorcyclist by a traffic sign post at a comparably low collision speed.
Forensic Sci Int. 2012 Nov 30;223(1-3):e35-7
Authors: Muggenthaler H, Drobnik S, Hubig M, Reiners J, Mall G
Traumatic limb amputations and transections of the trunk generally indicate high impact velocities. Complete traumatic severances of the trunk in road accidents however are rarely reported in literature. We describe a case where the trunk of a motorcyclist was completely severed as he hit the post of a traffic sign. Based on the documented end position and damage of the motorcycle, an impact velocity range of 52-80 km/h could be determined for the motorcyclist. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the type and mechanism of injury at this comparatively low collision speed range.
PMID: 23022766 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]