Urban Accidents: Why Do They Happen?

01 May 1989

In the 1970s the Transport Research Laboratory carried out detailed, on-the-spot investigations of road-traffic accidents in rural areas of Berkshire. The intention of the AA Foundation project was to make detailed studies of contributory factors in non-metropolitan urban road traffic accidents; it also investigated road-user contributory factors in greater depth.

The study was conducted in a group of police sub-divisions in the Leeds area, within which all reported accidents were eligible for inclusion. Interviews were sought with drivers of all vehicles and with pedestrians who had been injured. Accident information was added to the data file if at least one interview was successfully completed for each given incident