Walker, Texas Kitty (walkertxkitty) wrote in little_details,
Walker, Texas Kitty

Air bag injuries in an adult

Setting: The novel takes place in a modern metropolitan environment. The vehicle, which is a 2006 Hyundai coupe, is hit from behind with an SUV and rammed off the road. They're on an expressway and it's going fast enough that momentum carries it through the guard rail and down an embankment (about a five to seven foot drop). Its momentum is stopped when it rolls into a cement piling. Air bags deploy. The driver, an adult female with her seat belt buckled, is apparently unharmed when she flees the scene but I need her to have slight to moderate airbag injuries later after the adrenaline wears off and she seeks medical attention.

terms searched: air bag impact, air bag deployment, air bag injuries on impact, collision injuries air bag

Articles found via Google: An abstract on fracture patterns due to impact, Assessing Air Bag Injuries, Air Bag Injuries.

Unfortunately, most of what I found involved wrongful death, litigation, or injuries to people who were unrestrained or to infants and children.

None of these had exactly the information I needed. Where, for instance, exactly are the fractures located? What do they look like? What kind of abrasions and in what locations? What is the likelihood of chemical burns, where would they be located, and how would you know if deep tissue had died (as mentioned in one of the articles)? What bones are most likely to break?

There's only one other qualification: it can't leave a scar and it can't leave her permanently disabled. It's all right for her to be out of commission for quite a while; in fact, I'd prefer it.
Tags: ~car accidents, ~medicine: injuries (misc)

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