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Factors associated with urban non-fatal road-accident severity

Potoglou, Dimitris, Carluccio, F, Cira, A and Restaino, M 2018. Factors associated with urban non-fatal road-accident severity. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 25 (3) , pp. 303-310. 10.1080/17457300.2018.1431945

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Abstract

This paper reports on the factors associated with non-fatal urban-road accident severity. Data on accidents were gathered from the local traffic police in the City of Palermo, one of the six most populated cities in Italy, and comprise a monthly-stratified random-sample of 20% of the road accidents. The selection of explanatory variables in the mixed-effects logistic regression model was guided by the significance of explanatory factors in the univariate analysis and the potential correlations and overlap between explanatory variables Findings suggest that accident severity increases when two young drivers are involved, road traffic conditions are light/normal and when vehicles crash on a two-way road or carriageway. Speeding is more likely to cause slight or serious injury even when compared to a vehicle moving towards the opposite direction of traffic. An accident during the summer is more likely to result into a slight or serious injury than an accident during the winter, which is in line with evidence from Southern Europe and the Middle East. Finally, the severity of non-fatal accident injuries in an urban area of Southern Europe were significantly associated with speeding, the age of the driver and seasonality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1745-7300
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 January 2018
Date of Acceptance: 11 January 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108151

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