Examining Behavioral Data Could Reduce Risk of Car Accidents in North Carolina

A new Naturalistic Driving Study could help researchers determine if behaviors leading up to or during a crash could ultimately prevent a collision and reduce the risk of a car accident in Hickory, Greensboro or elsewhere in the state.

“Collision prevention is the central goal of the study” said Ken Campbell, chief program officer overseeing safety for the Strategic Highway Research Program, which is part of the non-profit Transportation Research Board. “And the driver is the key to prevent collision.”
Gastonia personal injury lawyers know that car accidents can be frightening so if there is any kind of countermeasure that could help prevent a collision or reduce the risk of injury based on human behavior, it could be an important step to our future.

A recent article in Forbes reports that researchers from the Strategic Highway Research Program are looking for 3,100 participants to join the study from 6 locations which include Seattle, Buffalo, State College, Bloomington, Durham and Tampa.

In order to participate, participants must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years-old.
  • Own or lease their own vehicle or get permission from the vehicle owner. For a list of approved vehicle models click here.
  • Drive regularly and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Allow a device to be installed in their vehicle throughout the duration of the study.
  • Live in one of the designated cities.
  • Be eligible to receive compensation in the U.S by not having any restrictions placed on availability to be employed.
  • Be able to read, understand and fill out questionnaires regarding the study.

Recruited participants will have equipment installed in their vehicle for a one to two-year period. Equipment consists of four video cameras which will record forward and rear views, as well as, the hands and face of the driver.

A GPS, wireless radar and sensors will also be installed in the vehicle which will record roadway data (lane width and range of curves) and environmental variables (weather conditions, lighting, and traffic congestion). Researches will collect encrypted data every four to six months from a storage box.

This study, which captures driver behavior in real time, will provide “objective information on driver behavior” before a collision occurs, he said. “You can’t just look at collisions or near collisions to know what risk factors are. It’s that comparison with what the driver is doing when there is not a safety-related event that tells you what the risk factors are.”

The goal of the study is to develop better cars, driver training programs and road design which will improve overall highway safety in the future.

Drivers under age 25 or over 65 years-old are encouraged to participate because these age groups tend to be most at risk of being involved in fatal car crashes. Participants will receive $500 for each full year of participation. If you wish to participate, visit online or call 919-388-3424 to get more information.

The injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to help car accident victims in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Statesville and the surrounding areas. Call for a free initial consultation to discuss your rights at 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

Crash Study Seeks Participants in Effort to Save Lives, by Tanya Mohn, Forbes

Long Term Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries Often Requires Help of an Experienced Asheville Law Firm, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 25, 2011

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