This study was sponsored by the office of road safety, commonwealth department of transport and the Australian roadresearch board. This report contains a review of those features of the road and traffic environment that were relevant to the causation or consequences of the accidents in a representative sample of accidents to which an ambulance was called in metropolitan adelaide. The review is presented in the context of descriptions of the accidentsin order to demonstrate the interactions between road and traffic factors and those relating to the vehicles and to the road users. Infringement of a traffic rule was the mostcommon factor but this was often more a description of what happened rather than an adequate explanation. Excessive speed was also a prominent factor, even though the actual speed may have been below the legal limit, in collisions at sign- controlled and uncontrolled intersections. Safe approach speeds to uncontrolled intersections were such thata strong case can be made for the provision of some form of control. Fail-to-stand accidents were the most common type of collision at signalised locations, with auxiliary kerb lanes appearing to exacerbate the problem. Characteristics of the road surface were rarely relevant, possibly because the surface was generally dry and of good quality. Roadsideobjects played a role in determining the consequences of about one-third of the accidents. (Author/TRRL)

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    University of Adelaide

    North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia  Australia  5005
  • Authors:
    • McLean, A J
    • Offler, W J
    • Sandow, B L
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 171 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335756
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0 908204 04 3
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM