A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VEHICLE DEFECTS AND CRASHES. VOLUME I: STUDY FINDINGS PART I, REGARDING ACCIDENT CAUSES

Results of a tri-level accident investigation program are report. The study focused on the statistical determination of the relative roles played by Human, environmental, and vehicular deficiencies in causing automobile accidents, and was based in Monroe County, Indiana. Data were collected on three levels: baseline data on the study area were assembled to allow definition of the project universer (Level A): accidents were investigated on-site at the time of occurrence by technicians (Level B); and a sample of these accidents was independently examined by a multidisciplinary team (Level C). Causative factors were Identified and ranked. Study results are based on 999 accidents investigated on the on-site level, and 219 accidents investigated on the multidisciplinary level. Results presented include identification of the extent to which various human, vehicular, and environmental factors were found to have been implicated in automobile accident causation; a comparison of the extent to which findings of the on-site team agreed with those of the multidisciplinary team; a comparison of component outage rates in the accident - involved vehicle population as compared to the non-accident (general) population; and comparisons between investigated, study area, and national driver, vehicle, roadway, and accident populations, which indicate the representativess of the universe studied. Pertinent conclusions and recommendations and a summary of analysis procedures utilized are also presented. See Also IRRD Abstract No. 208870.

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    Indiana University, Bloomington

    Institute for Research in Public Safety
    Bloomington, IN  USA  47401
  • Publication Date: 1972-4

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 273 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00133502
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOTHS0342263-VDP72-1Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1976 12:00AM