The concept of accident proneness has had a long and controversial history. An attempt is made both to demonstrate the nature of this controversy and to investigate the reasons for its occurrence. Two factors are identified. One is the conceptual confusion surrounding the meaning of the concept. This is accounted for by the fact that accident proneness is defined by exclusion. The second factor is the repetitive use of statistical techniques which have been shown to be equivocal. An alternative approach to individual differences in accident involvement is advocated. This approach cuts through the conceptual confusion and is less susceptible to the criticisms which have been levelled against the traditional statistical techniques.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • McKenna, F P
  • Publication Date: 1983-2

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  • Accession Number: 00387738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 408
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM