Statistical Implications Of Using Moving Violation Data To Determine Crash Responsibility

Two common methods used to assign driver responsibility for a motor vehicle crash are based either on the issuance of a citation for a moving violation or the presence of a crash-contributing driver action. The objective of this study was to understand the practical implications of using these alternative methods, in particular in the context of young driver crashes. The study population included all drivers involved in a police-reported crash with a driver under the age of 21 between January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011 (n=140,840). The authors conclude that this study demonstrates the potential for general underestimation of at-fault crash involvement among drivers involved in young driver crashes when citation data are utilized to determine fault. Further, the extent of this underestimation is not constant across subgroups for many driver demographic and crash-related factors and thus may lead to statistical bias of relative estimates comparing at-fault crash involvement among subgroups.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 349–350
  • Monograph Title: Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 57th Annual Scientific Conference, Québec City, Canada, September 23-25, 2013
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  • Accession Number: 01528335
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2014 2:24PM