THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ACCIDENTS IN METROPOLITAN ADELAIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA). ROAD ACCIDENT INFORMATION SEMINAR PROCEEDINGS

The multidisciplinary, in-depth investigation of traffic accidents requiring ambulance service is discussed as planned for metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia. Data will be collected at the accident scene, supplemented by results of follow-up studies of the environment, vehicles, and injured parties (including psychological interviews). The general objectives of the project are to study road user safety, identify safety hazards, and evaluate the effectiveness of existing countermeasures, as well as to recommend necessary changes. The sampling technique to be used in accident selection is described and specific topics for investigation, and reasons for their selections, are outlined. Road and traffic factors include traffic control devices and regulations, road layout and surface, traffic conditions, street lighting, and roadside objects. Vehicle factors include seat belt use, energy-absorbing steering assemblies, side door reinforcement beams, vehicle defects, and vehicle causative factors. Road user factors include behavior, traffic safety attitudes and knowledge, attitudes toward safety equipment, driving experience, familiarity with environment, ergonomics, physical impairment, and alcohol use. Personnel (teams consisting of a registered medical graduate, psychologist, and engineer) and equipment, and techniques of investigation are described. Integration of data with other information, main problems to be solved, presentation of results, and a study timetable are indicated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also published in HS-026 061U, "Road Accident Information Seminar Proceedings," Canberra, Australia, 1978 p 170-82. Sponsored by Australian Department of Transport and Australian Road Research Board.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Government Publishing Service

    P.O. Box 84
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2600,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • McLean, A J
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 074U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM