Streamlining the Crash Reporting Process in the Pacific Northwest

There are over five million traffic crashes reported annually in the United States [National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)] and the documentation process for every single crash begins at the scene of the incident with information gathered by a member of the law enforcement community or by the private citizens. This information is subsequently transmitted to a local and state agency for data entry, processing, and aggregation. Given the volume of incidents and the multiple handoffs between different parties, the likelihood for transmission error and interpretation deviation necessitate a cradle-to-grave examination of this reporting process. Furthermore, each state has developed its own independent tracking system, rendering data comparisons across state boundaries to be inconsistent. These collective issues justify the need to examine crash reporting and to identify a process where data entry is streamlined to best meet the needs of all system users that include, but are not limited to: law enforcement, local and state agency data analysts, national and state agency safety offices, and researchers and academicians who must rely on good data to draw conclusions and recommend purposeful safety improvements. The objectives for this project include the development of a cradle-to-grave crash reporting process in the Pacific Northwest that maximizes usability, accuracy, and accessibility for incident responders, local and state agencies, and citizens and academicians. This includes determining where the introduction of errors occurs in each state’s reporting process and the root causes of those errors.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

    University of Washington
    More Hall Room 112
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Idaho, Moscow

    Department of Civil Engineering
    P.O. Box 441022
    Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022
  • Project Managers:

    Chang, Kevin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Idaho, Moscow

    Department of Civil Engineering
    P.O. Box 441022
    Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    School of Civil and Construction Engineering, 220 Owen Hall
    Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hurwitz, David

    Lowry, Michael

  • Start Date: 20161215
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01632766
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC40
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2017 2:58PM