On August 31, 1869, Mary Ward became what is believed to be the first recorded victim
an automobile accident when she was thrown
of a motor vehicle and killed in Parsonstown, Ireland. Some years later, on September 13, 1899, Henry Bliss entered the history books as North America's first motor vehicle fatality when he was hit stepping
a New York City trolley. Since that time, in excess of 20 million people worldwide have lost their lives
motor vehicle accidents.
a means of analysing and mitigating the effects of motor vehicle accidents
human bodies was felt very soon after the commercial production
automobiles began in the late 1890s, and by the 1930s, with the automobile a common part of daily life, the number
motor vehicle deaths was becoming a serious issue. Death rates had surpassed 15.6 fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles and were continuing to climb; vehicle designers saw this as a clear indication it was time to do some research
ways to make their products safer.