Highway Accident Collision Diagrams on a Microcomputer

by Thomas L. Maleck, Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, MI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


Collision diagrams of highway accidents are schematic exhibits that illustrate the location of each accident with respect to the highway geometric features. The types of accidents; such as, rear-end, right-angle, left-turn, etc. , are also illustrated. The severity of the accident (fatal, injury, or property-damage), object-hit, direction-of-travel and other related information is often provided. The end product is a graphic description of all accidents having occurred during a specific time period. Collision diagrams are used by the engineer to identify accident patterns or trends that may be diminished or prevented by operational and/or geometric revisions to the highway. The diagrams may be used during office reviews or field investigations. They are also used as exhibits at public hearings and in published reports.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Traffic accidents | Field tests | Graphic methods | Traffic safety | Left turns | Computer software | Geometrics

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