Bayesian Reconstruction of Median-Crossing Crashes and Potential Effectiveness of Cable Barriers

A cross-median crash occurs when a vehicle leaves its traveled way, completely crosses the median dividing the highway’s directional lanes, and collides with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. As the advent of divided highways reduced head-on collisions, and the prevalence of forgiving roadsides reduced fixed-object collisions, fatalities caused by median crossings became relatively more prominent. This paper describes the reconstruction of several fatal median-crossing events; the events occurred although the medians were wider than the recommended 30-ft minimum. The impact severities generated by these events, however, were such that the median crossings probably would have been prevented by NCHRP Report 350 Test Level 3 barriers.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 141-147
  • Monograph Title: Statistical Methods; Highway Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation; Occupant Protection; Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
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  • Accession Number: 01006622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309093805
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2005 12:55PM