RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VEHICLE DEFECTS AND VEHICLE CRASHES. VOL 1: SUMMARY REPORT. FINAL REPORT

AN ADAPTED CASE STUDY METHOD WAS USED TO INVESTIGATE CRASHES IN WHICH A COMPONENT DEFECT WAS A SUSPECTED CAUSE. ALL BUT FOUR OF THE CASES OCCURRED IN SANTA CLARA AND SAN MATEO COUNTIES, AN AREA INCLUDING A VARIETY OF ROAD TYPES. CASES OF PROBABLE MECHANICAL DEFECTS, ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTING FAULTY SERVICE ARE TABULATED. RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE CERTIFICATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANICS, EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN DANGEROUS VEHICLE DEFECTS, USED CAR INSPECTION, AND VEHICLE DESIGN STUDY RELATIVE TO POSSIBLE UNBALANCED STRESS IN VEHICLE OPERATION ON CLOVERLEAF INTERSECTIONS. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT, FOR MORE EFFICIENT STUDY OF A SINGLE ASPECT OF HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS, THE STUDY METHOD BE MODIFIED TO INCLUDE LESS SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AS WELL AS MORE SEVERE ONES, UNBALANCED COVERAGE OF DATA ELEMENTS BIASED TOWARD THE PARTICULAR STUDY FOCUS, AND A SIMPLIFIED CASE REPORTING FORM. /HSL/

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    Stanford Research Institute

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  • Publication Date: 1970-7

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  • Accession Number: 00223464
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 31 pp
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1971 12:00AM