TRACKING FALLOUT FROM THE SUV "ARMS RACE" : A NEW, HOLISTIC LOOK AT OLD DATA

This article focuses on accident data and its role in research analyzing vehicle safety and fatal accidents related to sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and light trucks. The article relates how limitations of data, such as accessibility, availability, inaccuracies, and inconsistencies can substantially impact the conclusions reached by researchers. In addition, issues related to driver characteristics and behavior are difficult to quantify and measure, yet they are critical to an accurate understanding of vehicle safety. The article notes that in order to compensate for unknown factors with data, researchers are compelled to apply different weights to the data, thus adding a subjective influence that can skew results. A comprehensive accident database, supported with follow-up surveys, could enable researchers to develop better tools for forecasting problems such as fleet incompatibility, and thus leading to a better handle on traffic safety.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Alternate title: TSC Newsletter; Summer 2005
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Traffic Safety Center, 2614 Dwight Way
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-7374
  • Publication Date: 2005

Language

  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01005413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 12:43PM