A DETAILED STUDY OF ACCIDENTS AS RELATED TO HIGHWAY SHOULDERS IN NEW YORK STATE

AN EXAMINATION OF THE VARIATIONS BETWEEN THE ACCIDENT DISTRIBUTION AND THE TRAVEL DISTRIBUTION, FOR VARIOUS CONDITIONS OF SHOULDER WIDTH AND ALINEMENT, ON 2-LANE RAURAL HIGHWAYS WITH 20-FT. PAVEMENTS WAS MADE. THE RATIO OF THE PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS TO THE PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL TRAVEL IN ANY CATEGORY OF SHOULDER WIDTH AND ALINEMENT IS REFERRED TO AS "ACCIDENT INDEX". THE ACCIDENT INDEX IS INDICATIVE OF ACCIDENT EXPERIENCE RELATIVE TO TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. MEDIUM WIDTH SHOULDERS HAD LOWER ACCIDENT INDICES THAN NARROW SHOULDERS UNDER ALL CONDITIONS OF HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ALINEMENT. WIDE SHOULDERS HAD LOWER ACCIDENT INDICES THAN NARROW OR MEDIUM WIDTH SHOULDERS ON POOR ALINEMENT; YET NO SUCH STATISTICALLY RELIABLE RELATION EXISTED FOR EITHER THE LEVEL TANGENT OR GRADE OVER 5 PERCENT ALINEMENT. ALINEMENT HAD MORE EFFECT ON ACCIDENT EXPERIENCE THAN SHOULDER WIDTH.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 36, pp 497-508, 1 FIG, 3 TAB, 4 REF, APP
  • Authors:
    • Billion, C E
    • Stohner, W R
  • Publication Date: 1957

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 7-11, 1957
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00221358
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 22 1972 12:00AM