What is the Extent of Harm in Rail-Pedestrian Crashes?

This project provides a comprehensive understanding of rail-trespassing crashes. Specifically the project explores injury severity in rail-trespassing crashes that occurred at highway-rail grade crossings and non-crossings. The authors examined the role of pre-crash behaviors, socio-demographics, time of crash, location and traffic controls where crash occurred on injury severity. Relying on the accident and incident data as well as inventory and highway-rail crossing data maintained by the Office of Safety Analysis of the Federal Railroad Administration, the project is split into three efforts. The first effort examines spatial patterns of rail-trespassing crashes at non-crossings using ten years of crash data. The second effort analyzes rail-pedestrian and bicyclist trespassing crashes at highway-rail grade crossings to non-crossings by comparing them. The third effort focuses on injury outcomes at highway-rail grade crossings, expanding the analysis from non-motorized trespassers to include motorized trespasser crashes. Path analysis quantifies the direct and indirect associations of passive control and active controls with pre-crash behaviors and injury severity.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program. This document contains three papers: "Non-Crossing Rail-Trespassing Crashes in the Past Decade: A Spatial Approach to Analyzing Injury Severity," "A Comparative Study of Rail-Pedestrian and Bicyclist Trespassing Crash Injury Severity at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings and Non-Crossings," and "What are the Differences in Driver Injury Outcomes at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings? Untangling the Role of Pre-Crash Behaviors."
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    National University Rail Center (NURail)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 205 N. Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
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  • Publication Date: 2014


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80p

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  • Accession Number: 01599224
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2013-UTK-R06
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 1:53PM