Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 37-12. Animal-Vehicle Collision Data Collection

Animal-vehicle collisions (AVC) have serious consequences for people as well as animals. There are an estimated 725,000-1,500,000 AVC in the US annually, resulting in over 200 human fatalities, over 29,000 human injuries, and over a billion dollars in property damage a year. Wildlife road mortality may affect species on the population level, with some species facing serious reduction in population survival probability. In addition, many species, especially wild game, represent an economic value that is lost when road mortalities occur. AVC data appear to not be collected in all states. In places where data are gathered, agencies such as transportation, natural resources, public safety, and public health use differing methods with varying definitions, thresholds, and degrees of consistency in reporting. Throughout North America, AVC data collection varies from the institutionalized practices in the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation's Wildlife Accident Reporting System to U.S. jurisdictions where public safety officials limit reporting to only those collisions which result in property damage with an estimated cost in excess of a dollar-value reporting threshold. Identifying locations with high numbers of AVCs is critical in deciding where countermeasures are needed.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-5, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Montana State University, Bozeman

    College of Engineering
    Bozeman, MT  USA  59717
  • Principal Investigators:

    Huijser, Marcel

  • Start Date: 20051101
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11626

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462977
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-5, Topic
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:14PM