In a seven-year period (January 1964-December 1970) there were 13,458 fatal automobile accidents in Michigan, of which 366 (2.7%) were railroad-vehicle (R-V) collisions. Data from the Michigan Fatal Accident file provided the basis for a study of some basic features of fatal R-V accidents, and the HSRI computer plotting program was used to generate a map indicating the geographical distribution of R-V fatility occurrence in Michigan for the seven-year period. Several factors emerged which appear to distinguish this class of fatal accidents from the class of overall fatal automobile accidents. For example, two-thirds of the fatal R-V accidents occur during the daytime (notably during peak traffic periods), whereas more than one-half of the overall fatal automobile accidents occur during nighttime. In addition, 52.5% of the fatal R-V accidents involved failure to observe a traffic control device, a violation that was involved in only 8.2% of the overall fatal accidents.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Authors:
    • GREEN, J A
  • Publication Date: 1972-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1976 12:00AM