A COMPARISON OF POLICE ACCIDENT REPORTS VERSUS HOSPITAL MONITORING SYSTEMS IN THE STUDY OF NONCRASH EVENTS

Two sources of data for the investigation of noncrash related injuries are compared: police accident reports and a hospital emergency room monitoring system. Two main issues are considered: (1) the extent to which these sources provide similar descriptions of the noncrash event, and (2) an assessment of these data sources for investigation of noncrash events. Several critical features between the two types of data collection systems can be summarized from the analysis. First, reliance solely on police reports would indicate that there are very few cases of injuries as a result of noncrash events. Second, a narrow view of causes of injuries in noncrash events are found in the police report cases: most were ejections while interior impacts were more common in the hospital cases. Third, noncrash events appear to be similar to other "household" accidents with the injured child transported by the parent/guardian to the hospital. In summary, the police report investigations provide a limited view of the extent of noncrash events. Data sources such as hospital monitoring systems are more productive than police reports in studies directed at nonstandard traffic accident events such as the noncrash. (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6, 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • Agran, P F
    • Dunkle, D E
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1983

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 159-168
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, USA, OCTOBER 3-6, 1983. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE MEDICINE

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM