Post-crash Support Systems

  • Jeffrey S. Augenstein
  • George T. Bahouth
Reference work entry

Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) systems employ advanced vehicle sensor data and in-vehicle communications technology to facilitate more efficient and effective post-crash support for drivers and passengers. An immediate call for help coupled with accurate information on location and crash severity could positively impact multiple levels of the transportation and rescue system. First, and most importantly, the rapid notification of rescue services and appropriate treatment of occupants following a serious crash has been proven to be a critical factor in reducing patient morbidity and mortality. These systems have the ability to save lives and directly improve patient care. Second, knowledge of the characteristics of a crash will allow rescue services to dispatch the most appropriate resources, which becomes critical in areas with limited resources or in areas where the crash site is at a significant distance from the nearest treatment facility. Finally, immediate recognition of a...


Emergency Medical Service Trauma Center Injury Risk Safety Belt National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miller School of MedicineUniversity of MiamiFloridaUSA
  2. 2.Impact Research, Inc.ColumbiaUSA

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