Crash Magnet

When analysis of industrial accidents first started, results suggested some people were accident prone. This notion fell into disrepute in the mid-twentieth century and traffic researchers concluded that crashes must be random events and not due to any particular personal attribute of the driver. The author explains how recent research suggests this may not in fact be the case and looks at how defects in the initial research may have contributed to false conclusions. Recent studies suggest crash proneness is in fact a characteristic of certain drivers in particular situations. Dismissing crash magnet drivers from the workforce would be one solution; the author also puts forward less draconian solutions such as appropriate driver education and training.


  • English

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  • Pagination: 14-16
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:30AM