ON SCENE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

After discussing the data which are normally collected by the police during accident investigations, the author points out that time limitations do not allow a more complete assessment of the total picture. A brief description is given of the in-depth studies being carried out in the U.S. in about 15 areas and similar studies being conducted in the U.K. by Brimingham University and the Transport and Road Research Laboratory. The remainder of the paper is concerned with the accident investigations being carried out by the University of Miami. Their group consists of 2 engineers, a traffic engineer, 3 forensic pathologists, an attorney, an ex-police officer safety expert, a sociologist and three auto mechanics. Details are given of procedure used by the University when an accident is reported and the information that is obtained. The way in which the data are quantified in the form of a 3 x 3 matrix (vehicles, humans and environments, pre-crash, crash and post-crash) is outlined. The results that have been obtained from investigations are discussed. These have included the identification of road design deficiencies and dangerous vehicle components and the need for more accident hospitals rather than emergency wards. The number of the covering abstract of the seminar is IRRD Abstract No. 210307.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of a PTRC Road Accident Seminar, June 21-23, 1972, London, England.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning and Transport Res and Computation Co Ltd

    167 Oxford Street
    London W1R 1AH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Wiseman, HAB
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  • Accession Number: 00133503
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1976 12:00AM