Traffic Accident Studies

Traffic accidents exact a terrible toll in the United States and other countries around the world. The collection and analysis of data on traffic accidents are fundamental to the design of programs to reduce that toll. Analysts use accident data to help understand why accidents occur, to help identify accident-prone locations, to aid in deciding which safety programs or countermeasures should be implemented, and to assist evaluations of countermeasure effectiveness. In addition, certain programs of the U.S. federal government require that participating agencies have a program of accident data analysis. This chapter discusses the techniques used for conducting studies of traffic accident data. First, the accident report forms are discussed and then the chapter shows how to prepare the data for analysis. Next, the problems with and limitations on accident studies are discussed and finally specific types of analyses are described.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This book was reprinted in 2000 by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Hummer, Joseph E
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 191-218

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002912
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0130975699
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2005 1:00PM