A design is presented for a national accident investigation program based on sampling theory. By limiting the number of investigations within a strict sampling plan it is possible to record sufficient detail about each accident to produce national estimates of injury, property damage, and other accident characteristics which will be useful in cost-benefit analyses. The system described has three major facets--a program for continuous acquisition of data of a random sample of all towaway-pedestrian-bicycle-motorcycle accidents occurring in the U.S., a program for occasional acquisition of additional data on selected topics quickly and on-call, and a program for conducting in-depth or multidisciplinary accident investigations for accidents of particular interest. While alternative approaches are discussed, the system recommended consists of 35 primary sampling units distributed throughout the 48 contiguous states. The design is complete and the system is ready for pilot implementation. Full implementation is possible over a period of three years./NHTSA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Authors:
    • O'Day, J
    • Wolfe, A
    • Kaplan, R
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 359 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: M-HSRI-SA-75-14-2
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00890
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM