Pedestrian Crashes During Jaywalking: Can we Afford to Overlook?
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference Road Safety on Four Continents"undertitel": Beijing, China. 15-17 May 2013: Beijing, China. 15-17 May 2013, Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
424 traffic fatalities were recorded in Seoul in 2010 and 227 of them (54%) involved pedestrian crashes. Surprisingly, 40% of these pedestrian fatalities occurred whilst pedestrians were jaywalking, implying that one jaywalker got killed every four days in Seoul and precious lives can be saved if effective methods preventing jaywalk crashes are applied. This research proposes such methods. The approach applied in the research includes literature reviews, collection of demographical and vehicle characteristics, as well as geometric features of jaywalk crash sites. Application of statistical analysis and an examination of jaywalk crashes that occurred during past years were also carried out to understand contributing factors. Important findings from the research indicate that crosswalk spacing rules need to be flexible to allow neighboring crosswalks to sit very closely to prevent jaywalking. Human factor analysis showed that high speed drivers over represent in offenders of fatal crashes whilst jaywalking. In terms of pedestrians, the elderly was the vulnerable age group. More pedestrians were hit jaywalking by taxis and buses. Road and environment factors showed both expected and contradictory results when total numbers of lane or dry/icy pavement conditions were subject to analysis. It is expected that our results will be used in discussing pedestrian safety, as well as understanding increased strategies to prevent pedestrian fatalities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, 2013.
Pedestrian, Pedestrian crossing, Pedestrian crossing, Accident, Cause, Statistics, Analysis (math)
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject 80 Road: Traffic safety and accidents, 812 Road: Collation of accident statistics; X RSXC
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-7348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-7348DiVA: diva2:759153
16th International Conference Road Safety on Four Continents. Beijing, China (RS4C 2013). 15-17 May 2013