A RICHTER SCALE FOR HIGHWAYS

Highway accidents represent a near worldwide catastrophe with a greater annual death toll than not just earthquakes, but all natural disasters. Every year, globally, some 500,000 people are killed in road accidents with more than 5 million injured. In 1995, the number of persons killed in 14 of the most developed European countries was over 43,000, with nearly 1.6 million injured. Beyond the dramatic consequences in human terms, the economic costs are also substantial. In European countries, for example, the annual economic costs from traffic accidents are estimated at over 60 billion pounds. However, nearly 70% of the fatalities from accidents occur in developing countries. In this paper, a simple mathematical model is introduced to measure the magnitude of highway safety in various countries using a scale analogous to the Richter scale in seismology. This logarithmic scale, called the Saraj Scale for International Highway Safety, consists of 6 grades, with a magnitude of 1 representing the safest highway network and a magnitude of 6 the most dangerous.

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  • Authors:
    • Saraj, H
    • WRIGHT, P
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  • Publication Date: 2000

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00796089
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI konferens 13A, Part 1
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 27 2000 12:00AM