Review of single vehicle fatal crashes and roadside furniture design

This paper details a brief analysis of data from Land Transport New Zealand's Crash Analysis System regarding single vehicle accidents involving roadside hazards. This data reveals that vehicles impacting roadside furniture have a high incidence of occupant injuries. The occupant protection afforded by large 4WD and SUV-type vehicles is also analyzed and found to be deficient in the majority of roadside hazard impact scenarios. Mitigation options for collisions with roadside objects are also considered including improvement of the vehicle fleet, removal and/or modification of roadside objects, improvement of driver education, skills and behaviour and modification/improvement of road design. A number of case studies involving fatal vehicle accidents investigated by the authors are reviewed. These cases involved a major impact between the vehicle and a roadside feature. In each case a summary is given of the vehicle type, crash circumstances and cause, number of occupants, impact speed, type of roadside furniture or other object involved, occupant injuries or cause of death, and what could have been implemented to avoid the crash or to reduce the severity of the incident. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E215061.

  • Authors:
    • RAINE, J
  • Publication Date: 2006-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01054932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2007 2:04PM