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Pain Research and Management
Volume 8 (2003), Issue 1, Pages 28-29

Reconstruction of Low Speed Rear-End collisions - Technical Means of Assessing Cervical Spine Injuries

Martin Hitzemann

DEKRA Automobil GmbH, Vandalenweg 10, 20097, Hamburg, Germany

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In recent years, an increasing number of cervical spine injuries sustained by vehicle occupants in collisions at comparatively low speeds have been reported to insurance companies and in civil litigation. The reported injuries occur in both rear-end and side impact collisions. The paper describes how a detailed assessment of such cases requires interdisciplinary teamwork involving technical, biomechanical and medical experts.