STUDY OF ACCIDENT CAUSATION FROM ACCIDENT REPORTING FORM, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CANADIAN CONDITIONS

IN THIS PAPER ACCIDENT REPORTING FORMS ARE EXAMINED TO SEE IF THEY ESTABLISH THE REAL CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS. CANADIAN ACCIDENT DATA ARE USED WITH ASSOCIATED REPORTING FORMS. THE EXAMPLE DISCUSSED CONCERNS THOSE ACCIDENTS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY REAR-END COLLISION. BUT, TO STATE THAT THE CAUSE WAS A REAR-END COLLISION MERELY SHOWS THE POSITION OF THE VEHICLES AT TIME OF IMPACT. SITUATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS LEADING UP TO IMPACT SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED IN ORDER TO KNOW THE CAUSE. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUCH AS "WHY WAS THE DRIVER TOO CLOSE TO THE LEAD VEHICLE?", AND "WHY DID THE LEAD VEHICLE STOP UNACCOUNTABLY?" SHOULD BE AVAILABLE ON THE REPORTING FORM. BUT INVARIABLY, SUCH INFORMATION IS NOT AVAILABLE. THIS PAPER DISCUSSES WEAKNESSES IN ACCIDENT REPORTING AND SUMMARIZES IN TABULAR FORM THE ELEMENTS OF INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR ACCIDENT RECORDS AND RESEARCH TO FIND THE CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Indian Roads Congress

    Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road
    New Delhi,   India  110 011
  • Authors:
    • SINHA, H K
    • Sinha, P
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Accession Number: 00083608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM