In-depth crash investigation in South Australia and its use in roadside safety research

  • This paper gives an overview of the in-depth crash investigation activity conducted by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide, in South Australia. Recent changes in method include: an expansion in on-call hours for the crash investigation team, providing the option of a phone interview for crash participants to discuss the crash, and downloading objective crash data from vehicle airbag control modules. These changes have resulted in: increased representativeness of crashes by hour of day; a decrease in the over-representation of fatal crashes in our sample; an increase in the proportion of crashes that involved a pedestrian, bicycle or scooter (moped); an increase in the proportion of crash participants consenting to an interview; and an increase in the objective data available, through airbag control module downloads. Our in-depth crash investigations enabled research into road departures that found barriers were a more feasible solution than clear zones for eliminating serious and fatal injury resulting from run off road crashes.

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Author:S. D. Doecke, M. R. J. Baldock, J. E. Woolley
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2017/10/05
Contributing corporation:University of Adelaide. Center for Automotive Safety Research
Release Date:2017/10/05
Tag:Abkommen von der Fahrbahn (Unfall); Airbag; Australien; Deutschland; Interview; Konferenz; Sicherheit; Straßenseitenfläche; Unfall; Unfalldaten; Unfallrekonstruktion; Untersuchung am Unfallort
Accident; Accident data; Air bag (restraint system); Australia; Conference; Germany; Interview; On the spot accident investigation; Reconstruction (accid); Roadside; Run oo the road (accid); Safety
Source:7th International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research" 2016
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 62 Ingenieurwissenschaften / 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 80 Unfallforschung
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 82 Unfall und Verkehrsinfrastruktur
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 7th International Conference on ESAR

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