The paper reports on a study to identify the characteristics of overturning crashes which might be susceptible to correction or amelioration through the application of highway and traffic engineering principles. This study found that in 11 states, over 20 percent of the fatal crashes involve overturning. Using appropriate statistical techniques, the study determined that, in comparison with other crash classifications, overturning occurs with significantly higher frequency under adverse geometric, weather and lighting conditions. Overturning crashes are also more likely to involve non-local drivers and vehicles other than passenger cars. The analysis showed that these crashes had significantly different characteristics than those associated with fixed objects. In addition to improvements in roadway geometrics, it is hypothesized that better application of delineation and warning devices could have a positive effect on overturning crash experience.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 17th Paving Conference, University of New Mexico, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131-0001
  • Authors:
    • Hall, J W
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 19-29

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325003
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM