LOOKED-BUT-FAILED-TO-SEE-ERRORS IN TRAFFIC

The paper examines particular types of accidents that have been seen in some Danish studies of traffic accidents: in the accidents, a driver supposed to yield has collided with a bicycle rider on the priority road; often the involved drivers consistently maintain that they did not see the bicyclist until immediately before the collision. These types of accidents are labeled in the literature "looked-but-did-not-see". This paper describes two studies that have approached these questions: is it possible to show that the drivers actually looked in the direction where the bicyclists were without perceiving them; and are there any plausible hypotheses to explain this phenomenon? One of the studies, based on 10 self reported near accidents, shows that "looked-but-did-not-see" events do occur, especially for experienced drivers. The other study, based on Gap Acceptance, shows that the driver acceptance of gaps towards bicyclists depends on whether or not another car is present.

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  • Authors:
    • Herslund, M B
    • Jorgensen, N O
  • Publication Date: 2003-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00963975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2003 12:00AM