A Novel Approach to Assessing Road-Curve Crash Severity
What is it about?
We know that curves in roads are associated with increased risk of injury and fatality to vehicle occupants if they are involved in a crash, but we don’t understand fully the factors that contribute to this increased crash risk and the increased risk of injury within this infrastructure type. We text-mined the insurance claim records from a major insurer in Queensland, Australia, relating to 3,434 crashes which occurred on a road curve during the period 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2005.
Why is it important?
In addition to previously-recognised contributing factors such as the time of day, the weather, and traffic congestion, we found a number of other factors which contribute to crashes such as using a mobile telephone, over steering on the curve, and trees in close proximity to the actual curve infrastructure itself.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker