AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF HIGH-SPEED SURFACE TRANSPORTATION FATALITY RATES

Statistics show that surface transportation accidents have accounted for thousands of deaths of Americans each year, and the accident rate will increase as passenger-miles increase. This fatality rate is due mainly to a lack of financing for transportation safety and a lack of intermodal safety priorities. This paper aims to give a close examination to federal and state organizations pertaining to high speed surface transportation safety, an analysis of surface transportation accident causes, and development of regression coefficients using accident rates as dependent variables to possibly reduce future accident rates. Tables are given in reference to this last objective, establishing linear relationships between fatalities and such variables as maintenance expenditures, passengers carried, miles of operation, research, and equipment investment. In order to reduce the number of ground transportation fatalities it is recommended that: public efforts towards accident reduction must focus on the exact number of fatalities, not rates; transportation safety expenditures should be increased at both federal and state levels; transportation agencies at all levels should increase their law enforcement activities; all agencies should focus their preventative efforts on the 18-34 age group; and more congressional funds should be appropriated for highways in view of the linear relationship between auto and bus fatalities and federal highway investments.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  United States  27706
  • Authors:
    • Davis, G M
    • Sullenberger, A G
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

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  • Accession Number: 00096105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM