Accident Statistics

Published: | Updated: January 4, 2019

Definition - What does Accident Statistics mean?

Accident statistics include a record of road crash statistics and can be used to identify hazardous driving locations. In doing so, distinction is made between accidents based on accident experiences and accidents based on the specific geographic or physical features of the location.

Safeopedia explains Accident Statistics

A location may be identified as a hazard on the basis of an unusually high number of accidents, a high accident rate, or a high accident severity in the area.

Accident statistics that are used to determine the relative level of safety of an area are usually based on statistics over the past three years. However, if there have been major changes in the characteristics of the land or its use, the data will be unusable.

High accident locations may be identified using one of three methods:

  • Spot Map Method
  • Accident Frequency Method
  • Accident Rate Method
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