Fatigue crashes happen in urban areas too: characteristics of crashes in low speed urban areas

Driver fatigue remains a significant contributory factor in motor-vehicle crashes. Fatigue-attributed crashes most often occur in rural, high speed driving environments with a single vehicle leaving the roadway or crossing the centre line. Previous research has however suggested that fatigue may contribute to a greater number and broader range of crashes, including those in low speed, urban environments. Little research has been conducted towards identifying the salient characteristics associated with fatigue-related crashes occurring in these areas. In order to address this limitation, this investigation examines the characteristics associated with police reported fatigue/fall asleep crashes in urban areas with a speed zone of 60km/h or less, using Queensland crash data from Queensland Transport's Road Crash Database for the period 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2006. The results obtained revealed specific characteristics associated with fatigue/fell asleep crashes, compared to crashes considered to be the result of other circumstances. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E217612.

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  • Authors:
    • SMITH, S S
    • HAWORTH, N
  • Publication Date: 2008-11


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  • Accession Number: 01143843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1876346566
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:08PM