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Accidents involving motorcycles and pedestrians in Portugal

  • Portugal has the highest rate of road fatalities in Europe (2002 and for Eur-15 - CARE database). For this highest rate, the accidents involving pedestrians and motorcycle occupants have a higher contribution than the European average. In the last years, especially accidents involving motorcycles have been investigated and currently two different projects are being carried out, one related with motorcycles accidents and the other with pedestrian accidents. In these projects, countermeasures among others to reduce the fatalities between these two types of road users are being studied. These accidents are investigated with the commercial accident reconstruction software PCCRASH but also new methodologies based on multibody dynamics are in development in order to more accurately study these two types of accidents. In this paper, the methodologies in use for accident reconstruction and new methodologies in development are presented. Speeding his found to be one of the major causes of road fatalities for pedestrians and motorcycle occupants. In the case of motorcycle accidents, these involve mainly young drivers. Aspects as social behavior are also important to understand the causes of some of these accidents. Some examples of accidents occurring in Portugal, involving especially motorcycles and pedestrians are presented and discussed.

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Author:J. P. Dias
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2012/08/01
Contributing corporation:Technical University of <Lisbon>
Release Date:2012/08/01
Tag:Fußgänger; Konferenz; Motorrad; Motorradfahrer; Portugal; Software; Tödlicher Unfall; Unfall; Unfallrekonstruktion; Ursache; Verminderung
Accident; Cause; Conference; Decrease; Fatality; Motorcycle; Motorcyclist; Pedestrian; Portugal; Reconstruction (accid); Software
Source:1st International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research", S. 158-165
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 80 Unfallforschung
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 81 Unfallstatistik
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 1st International Conference on ESAR

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