An investigation of the problem of urban utility-pole accidents was undertaken by using 1975 data from utility-pole accidents and a sample of other urban run-off-road accidents. These data were obtained by visiting and inventorying each accident site identified in a search of police accident files in 20 urban-suburban areas included in the study. Few differences were noted in the variables that describe the vehicle, the driver, or environmental conditions; however, differences were detected in the variables that describe road characteristics (road width, speed limit, average daily traffic), vehicle departure attitude (i.e. a vehicle existing at a very shallow angle will have a trajectory exposing it to more utility poles than one that exited at a much greater angle) and the number of poles in the area. A regression analysis showed that the most important factor was the number of poles.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 89-92
  • Monograph Title: Traffic control devices, visibility and geometrics
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196644
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028264
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM