An important and methodologically more correct classification of traffic accident data can be made according to the sequence of events during an accident. This sequence can be divided into three principal phases: the precrash, crash and post-crash phases. The first two phases are of primay importance to accident analysis. The pre-crash phase is concerned with causes, a subject difficult to define and contributed to by human behavior, the least predictable contributory factor. Other traffic not involved in accidents is important "exposure data," e.g., vehicle inspection. Accident phases of the crash phase are concentrated mainly on finding causes of injuries. The number of accidents covered by the research is very important to the reliability of the results. Accident investigation in the crash phase can be used for establishing priorities in improving vehicle construction and for ascertaining the effect of certain improvements. There is a need for continuing international cooperation in accident analysis. (MW)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at NATO-CCMS, Brussels, Belgium, June 28-29, 1973. Part II is SRIS 750800, HRIS 51 127311.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV

    Bezuidenhoutseweg 62
    The Hague,   Netherlands  2594 AW
  • Authors:
    • Paar, H G
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM