Statewide average and critical rates of accidents were determined from 1970, 1971, and 1972 Kentucky accident records for each type of rural highway. Accident data, obtained from state police computer tapes, were summarized to give the number of accidents on each highway type as well as information on accident severity, road surface conditions, light conditions, road character, and type of traffic control. Four-lane undivided highways had the highest average accident rate, and parkways (toll roads) had the lowest rate. The severity of accidents was related to types of accidents, highways, and traffic control and to safety belt use. Accidents involving pedestrians were the most severe, and single-vehicle accidents ranked next highest in severity. Excluding accidents at railroad crossings, accidents that occurred on curves had the highest severity index. The use of safety belts was associated with reduced severity.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-11
  • Monograph Title: Effect of roadway geometrics on traffic operations
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023947
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM