The purpose of the present research was to establish relationships between traffic conflicts and accidents, and to identify expected abnormal conflict rates given various circumstances. The data upon which the conclusions and recommendations are based wer collected during the summer of 1982 at 46 signalized and unsignalized intersections in the Greater Kansas City area. The conclusions are limited to daytime (0700 to 1800) and weekday (Monday-Thursday) traffic, and to dry pavement conditions. Accident/conflict ratios have been statistically detrmined for several types of collisions for each of four types of intersections (signalized high volume; signalized medium volume; unsignalized medium volume; unsignalized low volume). These ratios can be applied to comparable intersections to obtain an expected accident rate of a specific type after the appropriate conflict data are collected. Also, statistical procedures were developed to determine conflict rate values that could be considered "abnormally" high. Overall, traffic conflicts of certain types are good surrogates of accidents in that they produce estimates of average accident rates nearly as accurate, and just as precise, as those produced from historical accident data. Therefore, if there are insufficient accident data to produce an estimate, a conflicts study should be very helpful. This is Volume 1 of a 3-Volume report. The other volumes are Volume 2 - Final Technical Report and Volume 3 - Appendixes. (Author) Final Technical Report and Volume 3 - Appendixes. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Midwest Research Institute

    425 Volker Boulevard
    Kansas City, MO  United States  64110-2299

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Migletz, D J
    • Glauz, W D
    • Bauer, K M
  • Publication Date: 1985-7

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-84-041, 7280-S, FCP 31K3-132
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-81-00101
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:12PM