Guide for Quantitative Approaches to Systemic Safety Analysis

Traditional approaches to safety have focused on identifying high crash locations and constructing projects to address predominant concerns at these locations. The systemic approach to safety is a method of safety management that typically involves lower unit cost safety improvements that are widely implemented based on high-risk factors. There is considerable interest from practitioners for quantitative approaches to systemic safety analysis. However, there is limited knowledge about the methods and tools available to agencies seeking to implement quantitative approaches to systemic safety analysis to make data-driven decisions. The systemic approach was not included in the first edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). Therefore, to be consistent with methods that are capable of adequately considering safety performance and risk factors (e.g., crash frequency and exposure), there is a need for guidance and recommendations to integrate quantitative systemic safety analysis methods and tools into existing safety management processes. The objectives of this research are to develop a guide and training materials to assist state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local agencies, and other safety practitioners to better understand, use, and implement quantitative approaches to systemic safety analysis. The research results may be incorporated in a future edition of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway Safety Manual.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 17-77

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:


    425 Volker Boulevard
    Kansas City, MO  United States  64110-2241
  • Principal Investigators:

    Torbic, Darren

  • Start Date: 20160805
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180804
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40217

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572383
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 17-77
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 1:01AM