THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HIT AND RUN DRIVERS

ZUR PSYCHOLOGIE DER FAHRERFLUCHT

A hit-and-run case occurs only when the fugitive knows he was involved in the accident. This leads to the problem, which can only be solved by considering his entire personality, as to whether and with what clarity of consciousness he experienced this involvement. On the other hand the established degree of consciousness can provide valuable insights into the personality of the hit-and-run offender. Flight is the result of a technical possibility and a psychic reaction to the situation brought about by the accident. Both components are influenced by the external environment and the internal thought world of the fugitive. These provide additional pointers with regard to his personality. Moreover they provide the means of establishing the breadth of the instantaneous motivation processes underlying social misbehaviour and the particular emotions involved. Among these the emotions released by the consciously perceived consequences of the accident are of decisive significance. In addition to the legal consequences, which in the case of intoxicated drivers result in a fundamental interference with their lifestyle, in recent times the financial burdens on those involved in accidents arising from the premium agreements are of especial significance. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Third International Traffic and Driver Medical Conference.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerztliche Kraftfahrvereinigung Oesterreichs

    Weihburggase 10-12
    Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Grassberger, R
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189133
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM