Data collection methodologies

Accurate casualty data is essential to determine the greatest road risks and plan effective interventions. Use this page to access research on casualty data collection.

IRTAD road safety annual report
International Transport Forum, France, 15/07/16

Following the increase in road traffic casualties across the globe in 2015, future casualties must be carefully monitored for signs of a negative trend emerging.

The differences of road safety performance of countries based on outcome indicators
The University of Belgrade, Serbia, 11/07/16

There needs to be greater harmony between the techniques used to monitor global casualties and methods of statistical comparison based on the final outcomes.

Estimating the human recovery costs of seriously injured road crash casualties
University of Sydney, Australia, 17/09/15

Methods for estimating the cost of serious injuries on Australian roads are presented by the University of Sydney.

Child road traffic crash injuries at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa in 1992, 2002 and 2012
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 4/06/14

70% more boys than girls were admitted following road collisions in a South African children’s hospital, finds a study of admissions in 1992, 2002 and 2012.

Strategic review of the management of occupational road risk
Transport Research Laboratory, 13/05/14

Reporting work-related road injuries to the UK's Health and Safety Executive, and recording journey purpose in official crash data, would help tackle the causes of at-work road crashes.

Decrease in traffic injuries requires more accurate registration
SWOV, 05/07/12

Improvements in road crash data collection are needed to reduce serious injuries on roads.

The need for an internationally agreed definition of serious injury
International Transport Forum, 24/01/12

An internationally agreed definition of serious injury is required for better monitoring of road safety progress.

Distracted Driving 2009
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 08/10/10

Inconsistent data collection and false self-reporting is leading to significant under reporting of US distracted driving deaths.

De-Identified Linkage of Victorian Injury Data Records: A Feasibility Study
Monash University Accident Research Centre, 16/08/10

Linked crash data between hospitals, police forces and insurers can enhance the evidence for road injury prevention policy making.

A road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners
World Health Organisation, 01/01/10

The manual describes a range of strategies for improving data quality and guides the user on how to disseminate road safety data and maximize the likelihood of its use.

The Global Status Report on Road Safety
World Health Organisation, 01/10/09

Under-reporting of road crash injuries remains a problem in many countries, says this first review of road safety in 178 countries. It recommends collaboration between the different sectors involved.

An evaluation of police reporting of road casualties
University of Glasgow, 09/09/08

A general decline in the completeness of STATS19 is unlikely to have occurred, but there may have been an increasing tendency over time for officers to report injuries as slight rather than serious.

Changes in safety on England's roads: analysis of hospital statistics
Oxford University, 23/06/03

The overall fall seen in police statistics for non-fatal road traffic injuries probably represents a fall in completeness of reporting of these injuries.


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