Pattern of Injuries Observed in Drivers Involved in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents in Tirupati

Authors

  • B. Venkatesulu1 , Vishnu Vardhan Poluru2 , M. Abdul Khalid3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10365

Keywords:

Road traffic accidents, Drivers, Autopsy, Injury patterns

Abstract

Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) constitute a significant health problem. They constitute the 8th leading cause

of death. The aim of this study was to analyse road traffic accidents in Tirupati city and find out the pattern

of injuries in drivers who were victims of fatal road traffic accidents.

This retrospective study was conducted at the Department of Forensic medicine, S.V Medical College,

Tirupati during period 2016 to 2018. Specific findings regarding the injuries sustained to the drivers were

noted.

A total of 904 people were killed in RTA and were brought to the morgue for postmortem examination.

Out of all victims 170 (18.80%) were drivers. Most common age group involved was 30 – 39 yrs. Most

of the drivers were males. Polytrauma with lower limb injuries accounted for most common injury in

drivers (40.35%) followed by head injury (19.29%) and thoracic injury (12.28%). This study has shown

the vulnerability of the vehicle drivers to fatal injuries during RTA. Hence, there is a need for road safety

awareness, usage of seat belts, strict enforcement of laws, maintaining vehicle fitness etc. to protect the

vulnerable group of people, to decrease the associated morbidity, mortality and reduce the economic burden

to the society/ country at large.

Author Biography

B. Venkatesulu1 , Vishnu Vardhan Poluru2 , M. Abdul Khalid3

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Sri Venkateshwara Medical College,

Tirupati, 2 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Viswabharathi Medical College,

Kurnool, 3Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Apollo Institute of Medical

sciences and Research, Chittoor

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

B. Venkatesulu1 , Vishnu Vardhan Poluru2 , M. Abdul Khalid3. (2020). Pattern of Injuries Observed in Drivers Involved in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents in Tirupati. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 264-268. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10365