TRAFFIC ACCIDENT RECORDS IN APPRAISING HIGHWAY NEEDS

THE USE OF ACCIDENT EXPERIENCE IS DISCUSSED AS A MEASURE OF HIGHWAY ADEQUACY. IN USING ACCIDENT RECORDS TO APPRAISE HIGHWAY CONDITIONS, THE ENGINEER NEEDS TWO THINGS: COMPLETE OR NEARLY COMPLETE REPORTING OF ACCIDENTS AND ACCURATE LOCATION DESCRIPTIONS. INCOMPLETE REPORTING MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GIVE PROPER WEIGHT TO ACCIDENT EXPERIENCE IN IDENTIFYING HIGHWAY DEFICIENCIES AND ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES OF IMPROVEMENT. FOR APPRAISAL PURPOSES, THE MOST USEFUL METHOD IN WHICH ACCIDENT RECORDS ARE KEPT IS THE LARGE-SCALE SPOT MAP OR STRIP MAP. ACCEPTED ACCIDENT RECORD PROCEDURES INCLUDE THE FILING OF ACCIDENT REPORTS OR CROSS-REFERENCE CARDS BY ROUTE AND LOCATION SO THAT THEY ARE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE ENGINEER IN STUDYING SPOT IMPROVEMENTS OR PALLIATIVE TREATMENTS WHICH MAY ELIMINATE OR REDUCE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCIDENT REPORTING IS EMPHASIZED.

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  • Accession Number: 00200314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1994 12:00AM