New Crash Study Aims to Prevent Car Accidents in Missouri Before they happen

New Crash Study Aims to Prevent Car Accidents in Missouri Before they happen

A new crash study is looking for volunteers. The Naturalistic Driving Study, the world’s largest study of its kind, is looking for 3,100 drivers to participate in a study to collect data by recording driving behavior during crash and near-crash situations, according to Forbes.

Researcher will be using two years of this data to then develop countermeasures intended to save lives before a car accident in Missouri or elsewhere occurs.


“Collision prevention is the central goal of the study” said Ken Campbell, chief program officer overseeing safety for the Strategic Highway Research Program, which is part of the non-profit Transportation Research Board. “And the driver is the key to prevent collision.”

Our St. Louis car accident attorneys understand that this type of study may just have the power to stop car accidents before they happen. This study is different, because researchers will be using monitoring equipment to document how drivers interact with a number of traffic conditions and roadway designs. Previous studies have only focused on countermeasures used to protect drivers and passengers after collisions happen. This study is looking at the driver, who is the primary cause of most accidents.

During this two-year study, researchers will install recording equipment into 3,100 vehicles. These cameras will tape forward and rear views and the driver’s face and hands. This data will be held in a storage box, which is about the size of a text book, and will be retrieved by researchers every four to six months.

“You can’t just look at collisions or near collisions to know what risk factors are. It’s that comparison with what the driver is doing when there is not a safety-related event that tells you what the risk factors are,” said Dr. Campbell.

Researchers will then use this data to aid the development of safety improvements in a number of safe driving concerns, including road design, cars and driver training programs. The first area of focus in this study will be on accidents at intersections and accidents where the driver runs off the road.

So where is this study being held? The Transportation Research Board is looking for study participants in Buffalo, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Durham, central Pennsylvania and Bloomington. Drivers can either participate for one or two years. They will receive $500 for each year they participate. Participants must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and an approved vehicle.

“This study is long overdue and has the potential for providing the most comprehensive look at why highway crashes occur,” said Peter Kissinger, president and chief executive of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and educational organization that provided technical advice for the study. “It is unprecedented in its scope and approach. It will be a wonderful supplement to other ongoing and planned traffic safety research efforts. My only disappointment is that the transportation research community didn’t initiate the study several years ago.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Missouri car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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