Keeping Vehicles on the Roadway in Rural Areas: Analysis of Run-off-the-Road Crashes

One of the previously completed KSUTC projects, Recommended Rural Transportation Safety Program for the 21st Century, identified the areas that can guide the rural transportation safety research program at KSUTC. While the first three highly ranked issues are either being studied and/or needs more education/enforcement related measures, fourth ranked focus area is proposed to be studied in detail in this study, which refers to keeping vehicles on roadways in rural areas. This is also one of the six key emphasis areas (lane departure) identified by the Kansas Strategic Highway Safety Plan(KSHSP) as having the biggest potential for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Kansas roadways. Run-off-the-Road (ROR) crashes are the ones in which a vehicle unintentionally departs from the road and then overturns or hits a fixed object. ROR crashes are a substantial portion of statewide motor vehicle crashes in Kansas particularly when it comes to fatal and serious injury crashes. Based on KSHSP, ROR crashes accounted for 55% of all crashes involving fatal and serious injuries and 22% of all crashes and majority of those occur in rural areas. This project is expected to study and analyze such rural ROR crashes and identify the human factors, geometric design features, driver behaviors and characteristics, vehicular maneuvers and characteristics, and environmental features that might have contributed to occurrence and higher severity of ROR crashes. The main objective of this study is to identify the factors that are associated with ROR crashes thereby making it possible to identify more effective countermeasures to reduce number and severity of ROR crashes.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $119972.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    KSUTC-10-6

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Kansas State University Transportation Center

    Kansas State University
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
  • Performing Organizations:

    Kansas State University Transportation Center

    Kansas State University
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stokes, Robert

    Rys, Margaret

    Dissanayake, Sunanda

  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26393

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461443
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Kansas State University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: KSUTC-10-6
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:46PM