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Mid-America Transportation Center

Characteristics and Contributory Causes Related to Large Truck Crashes-Phase II

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Sunanda Dissanayake (sunanda@ksu.edu 785-532-1540)
  • Graduate Students
  • Siddhartha Kotikalapudi
  • Project Status
    Complete
    Sponsors & Partners
  • Kansas State University
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    In order to improve the safety of the overall surface transportation system each of the critical areas needs to be addressed separately with more focused attention. Statistics clearly show that large truck crashes contribute significantly to an increased percentage of high severity crashes. It is therefore important for the highway safety community to identify the characteristics and contributory causes related to large truck involved crashes. During the first phase of this study fatal crash data from Fatality Analysis Reporting System database are studied to achieve that objective. In this second phase, it is proposed to analyze truck crashes of all severity levels with the intention of identifying the factors contributing to increased severities of truck crashes, which could not be achieved by analyzing fatal crashes alone.
    Research Objective
    The Objective of this stduy is to identify the characteristics and contributory causes related to large truck crashes. More specifically, factors contributing to increased severities of large truck crashes will be identified in this phase.
    Potential Benefits
    Upon completion of the project, the characteristics and contributory causes related to increased severities of large truck related crashes will be identified, which will in turn be used to recommend countermeasure ideas to reduce severities and focus areas needing particular attention for improving the safety situation of truck related crashes.
    Abstract
    In order to improve the safety of the overall surface transportation system each of the critical areas needs to be addressed separately with more focused attention. Statistics clearly show that large truck crashes contribute significantly to an increased percentage of high severity crashes. It is therefore important for the highway safety community to identify the characteristics and contributory causes related to large truck involved crashes. During the first phase of this study fatal crash data from Fatality Analysis Reporting System database are studied to achieve that objective. In this second phase, it is proposed to analyze truck crashes of all severity levels with the intention of identifying the factors contributing to increased severities of truck crashes, which could not be achieved by analyzing fatal crashes alone. Various statistical analysis methodologies such as contingency table analysis and severity models will be developed by using an appropriate crash database.
    Project Amount
    $ 47,902
    Modal Orientation
  • Safety and Human Performance
  • Technology Transfer Activities
    In order to improve the safety of the overall surface transportation system each of the critical areas needs to be addressed separately with more focused attention. Statistics clearly show that large truck crashes contribute significantly to an increased percentage of high severity crashes. It is therefore important for the highway safety community to identify the characteristics and contributory causes related to large truck involved crashes. During the first phase of this study fatal crash data from Fatality Analysis Reporting System database are studied to achieve that objective. In this second phase, it is proposed to analyze truck crashes of all severity levels with the intention of identifying the factors contributing to increased severities of truck crashes, which could not be achieved by analyzing fatal crashes alone.