Methods of Multidisciplinary In-Depth Analyses of Road Traffic Accidents

The Road Accident Analysis Group in Demark conducts in-depth investigations of specific types of accidents. The group has analyzed head-on collisions, left-turn accidents, truck accidents, and single vehicle accidents. The data collection included police reports, the group’s investigation of accident sites and vehicles involved, and interviews with the involved road users and witnesses. This article describes a method of multidisciplinary in-depth analyses of road traffic accidents, as used by the Road Accident Analysis Group. The author notes that the main accident factors in the head-on collisions and in the single vehicle accidents were excessive speed, drunk driving, and driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The primary accident factors in left-turn accidents were attention errors or misjudging the amount of time available to complete the left turn. In the truck accidents, insufficient searching for visual information as well as speeding were major factors. For all the accident themes, the primary injury factor was failure to wear seat-belts. The author concludes that the multidisciplinary approach can provide a rather precise knowledge of the contributing factors leading up to an accident. However, the method requires a lot of resources, which is a limiting factor for the number of accidents that could be analyzed in this way.


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  • Accession Number: 01003931
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2005 11:54AM