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A common methodology for truck accident in-depth study

  • Road safety is a major preoccupation of the European Commission and the road transport industry and depends on numerous significant factors. In order to improve road safety and to plan effective safety improvement actions for truck transport, we must first identify the problems to be addressed, i.e. what are the main causes of truck accidents. The ETAC project, initiated by the European Commission and the IRU, was launched in order to set up a heavy goods vehicle accident causation study across European countries to identify future actions which could contribute to the improvement of road safety. The results will be based on a detailed analysis of truck accident data collected in seven European countries according to a common methodology which has been elaborated through numerous national and European projects. This paper describes the common methodology used to collect the information on the scene of the accident and to analyse the data so that the reconstruction of the crash events may be carried out. CEESAR proposes a methodology using its experience gained from over 10 years of accident data collection. This methodology is based on an in-depth investigation of the parameters involved in-an accident and linked to the driver, the vehicle, the road and their environment. In-depth investigation requires accident investigator presence on the scene of the accident in order to collect volatile information such as marks on the road, weather conditions, visibility, state and equipment of the vehicle, driver interview. Later, passive and active information is gathered, either at the hospital for the driver, at the garage for the vehicle or on the spot for the road geometry. A reconstruction carried out with the help of specific software and the analysis of the data collected and calculated enables the identification of the main causes of the accident and the future actions to plan in order to improve road safety as regards truck traffic.

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Author:M. C. Simon, T Hermitte, P. White
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2012/08/01
Contributing corporation:Centre d"Etudes Européennes et d"Analyse des Risques <Nanterre>
Release Date:2012/08/01
Tag:Bewertung; Datenerfassung; Europa; Konferenz; LKW; Software; Unfall; Untersuchung am Unfallort; Ursache
Accident; Cause; Conference; Data acquisition; Europe; Evaluation (assessment); Lorry; On the spot accident investigation; Software
Weitere beteiligte Körperschaft: International Road Transport Union
Source:1st International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research" , S. 44-56
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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