Measuring Road Safety with Surrogate Events - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128105047

Measuring Road Safety with Surrogate Events

1st Edition

Authors: Andrew Tarko
Paperback ISBN: 9780128105047
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: 304
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Measuring Road Safety Using Surrogate Events provides researchers and practitioners with the tools they need to quickly and effectively measure traffic safety.

Traditional crash-based safety analyses are being undermined by today’s growing use of intelligent vehicular and road safety technologies. Crash surrogates--or near misses--can be more effectively used to measure the future risk of crashes. Measuring Road Safety Using Surrogate Events advances the idea of using these near-crash techniques to deliver quicker and more adequate measurements of safety. The book explores the relationships between traffic conflicts and crashes using an extrapolation of observed events rather than post-crash data, which is significantly slower to obtain. It delivers sound estimation methods based on rigorous scientific principles, offering compelling new tools to better equip researchers to understand road safety and its factors.

Key Features

  • Consolidates the latest thinking from disparate places into one resource
  • Establishes a consistent use of key terms, definitions, and concepts to help codify this emerging field
  • Numerous application-oriented case studies throughout
  • Learning aids include chapter objectives, glossary, and links to data used in examples


Transportation researchers, graduate students, and practitioners in traffic safety, traffic behavior, and civil engineering

Table of Contents

1. Crash Phenomenon
2. Crash-Based Safety Measurement
3. Crash-Surrogate Events
4. Observing Surrogate Events Techniques
5. Connecting Surrogate Events with Crashes
6. Crashes and Surrogate Events as Exceedances
7. Examples of Application of Exceedances
8. Computer Simulation
9. Extension Toward Severity of Outcomes
10. What’s Next?


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About the Author

Andrew Tarko

Andrew P. Tarko is Director of the Purdue Center for Road Safety at Purdue University. He is Chair of the Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Surrogate Measures of Safety, an Advisory Board Member of Accident Analysis and Prevention, and has written numerous transportation research reports, conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Purdue University, Indiana, USA

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