Fatal automobile accidents in and about Washtenaw County, Michigan were studied since November 1961. To determine the causes of death of the occupants--the body areas injured, as well as the structures which were impacted to produce lethal injuries. In this study, 84 percent of the accidents were non-intersectional collisions with the majority (60 percent) being single car, off-road collisions. In one of five accidents (18 percent), a vehicle invaded the roadway of another by crossing the centerline or median, of traveled in the wrong lane of an expressway. It was concluded that the importance of roadside design cannot be overemphasized for its life saving benefits and injury reducing potential. More thought must be given to the concept of roadside clearance as a definitive step toward reducing the number of highway fatalities and injuries.

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    • Paper sponsored by Committee on Highway Safety and presented at the 45th Annual Meeting. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
  • Authors:
    • Huelke, Donald F
    • Gikas, Paul W
  • Publication Date: 1967

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 103-119
  • Monograph Title: Geometric design, barrier rails and sign supports
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  • Accession Number: 00219887
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-003 772
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM