An analysis of 5,323 rear-end collisions on 850 km of motorway (Brescia-Milan-Naples) shows that this type of accident amounts to one third of all motorway accidents, accounting for 40% of casualties and more than 40% of deaths. The incidence of goods vehicles in these collisions is far higher than their degree of mobility: accounting for 26% of total mileage and 41% of accidents. The greatest number of rear-end collisions occurs between 6 and 8 p.m., and up-hill accidents are more serious because of the greater dispersion between the speeds of cars and goods vehicles. While only 5% of these accidents occur in the emergency parking lane, they account for 12.4% of the fatal collisions. Suggestions for reducing the number and severity of rear-end collisions include: the creation of a slow lane with emergency parking areas, measures to improve driving under poor light conditions and upper and lower speed limits to reduce speed range dispersion. (A)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Sacieta Autostrade

    Via Antonio Nibby 10
    00161 Rome,   Italy 
  • Authors:
    • Farachi, B
    • Dragonetti, M
    • Annesi, A
  • Publication Date: 1971-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 44-55
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262023
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Res Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1974 12:00AM