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TitleIn-depth crash investigation in South Australia and its use in roadside safety research
AuthorsDoecke SD, Baldock MRJ, Woolley JE
Year2016
TypeConference Paper
AbstractThis 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.
SponsorDPTI, MAC
Conference NameExpert Symposium on Accident Research
Conference AbbreviationESAR
Conference LocationHannover, Germany
Conference Date9-10 June 2016

Reference
Doecke SD, Baldock MRJ, Woolley JE (2016) 'In-depth crash investigation in South Australia and its use in roadside safety research', Expert Symposium on Accident Research, Hannover, Germany, 9-10 June 2016.