Safety Performance Evaluation of 21st Century Appurtenances

by John F. Carney, III, Vanderbilt Univ, United States,
Malcolm H. Ray, Vanderbilt Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


A great deal has occurred in the highway safety field in the last 15 years: there have been societal changes which have altered the character of the vehicle fleet; there have been technological changes which have resulted in new safety hardware, new types of vehicle structures, and better accident data; and lastly, there have been philosophical changes which have resulted in new concepts for designing and warranting roadside safety hardware. The following paper examines these issues and suggests areas which should be addressed by researchers, practitioners and policy makers as the next century approaches.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Traffic accidents | Highway and road design | Safety | Highway engineering | Traffic safety | Social factors | Highways and roads

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