Enhancing Collaboration through Web-based Visualization and Analysis of Traffic Crash Data

Currently, New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) uses various static maps to visualize traffic crash locations. Due to their static characteristics, users are constrained from dynamically and interactively zooming in and out, limiting their ability to discern spatial and temporal patterns associated with traffic crash data. Consequently, static maps lack the capacity to provide comprehensive insights into the distribution, clustering, and causation of crashes across both time and space. This limitation underscores the increasing demand for dynamic and interactive mapping techniques which empower users to investigate and analyze significant patterns and causal relationships, which will enhance informed decision-making processes. To solve the problems inherent with static maps, this study will focus on exploring the utility of dynamic and interactive web mapping techniques to visualize and analyze traffic crash data with the aim of helping transportation professionals determine the causes of traffic crashes and identify high-crash locations and other associated spatial and temporal patterns, and ultimately, achieving improved safety, enhanced resiliency, and increased efficiency for road users. Road safety is a significant public health issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) 2020 statistics, across the United States the State of New Mexico has the fifth highest motor-vehicle fatality rate at 18.8 fatalities per 100,000 residents (60.7% higher than the national average), the highest pedestrian fatality rate at 3.8 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents (89.4% higher than the national average), and the fifth highest bicyclist fatality rate at 0.43 bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 residents (65.4% higher than the national average).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $126,388
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131
  • Project Managers:

    Melendrez, Carman

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131-0001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhang, Su

  • Start Date: 20230601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890170
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348336
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2023 4:14PM