The term dashboard injury may be applied to a range of injuries associated with a front seat passenger impacting the dashboard during an accident.

Types of injuries depending on what comes into contact with the dashboard:

(1) "dashboard" knee

(2) proximal femoral fracture or posterior dislocation (typically secondary to knee impact)

(3) anterior neck (padded dashboard syndrome)


Knee injuries may include:

(1) fracture of the patella

(2) tear, rupture or avulsion of the posterior cruciate ligament

(3) intra-articular foreign body driven in during the impact (with a laceration at point of entry)

(4) meniscus tear


The driver is more likely to have steering wheel or brake pedal related injuries.

To read more or access our algorithms and calculators, please log in or register.