CAR SIZE AS A FACTOR IN PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

This paper was presented to the 14th Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, 1977. Investigations of pedestrian accidents in two states of the U.S.A. revealed that small cars hit a smaller proportion of child pedestrians than did larger cars, but this difference did not exist for accidents which occurred at night, or in rural areas. The age and sex of the driver, and the speed and age of the car, were not associated with this difference in pedestrian age distributions. It is suggested that adult pedestrians may be more likely to look for approaching traffic than are children, but in so doing they may misjudge the nearness of a small car when it is viewed against a background of larger cars. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Adelaide

    North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia  Australia  5005
  • Authors:
    • McLean, A J
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184418
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM