AUTO WEIGHT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, A STATISTICAL STUDY OF TRANSPORTATION HAZARDS

Analyses of Texas state automobile accident and registration record data (1973) reveal the following: the relatively higher frequency of accidents in large cars than in small cars is statistically significant; the relatively higher frequency of accidents resulting in fatal or serious injuries in large cars than in small cars is also statistically significant; although the occupants of small cars appear to have a higher frequency of incurring fatal or serious injuries, given that an accident has occurred, such a concept is not statistically significant; statistically, larger cars have a much higher frequency of accidents involving drunken drivers. Explanations for these observations are suggested. The limitation of this investigation (this was the first phase of a study focusing on the relationships between automobile weight and energy savings, environmental and economic factors) was in obtaining specific relevant and comparable data. Sampling and analysis techniques could also be improved. Further study of the relationships between accident frequencies and the causal factors is needed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Cybernetic Studies
    Austin, TX  USA  78712
  • Authors:
    • Yu, P L
    • Wrather, C
    • Kozmetsky, G
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #233 Res. Rept.
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-75-C-0569
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM