Accident risk and factors regarding non-motorised road users: a central road safety challenge with deficient data

Niels Agerholm, Camilla Sloth Andersen

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Abstract

Almost half of all traffic fatalities worldwide are non-motorised road users (NMRUs). In Denmark, the number has increased with about 30%. NMRUs consist of about 63% of the injured in the Danish traffic. Much has been done to reduce the number of injured NMRUs with counterparts, while little effort is put into the reduction of the vast majority of the accidents, NMRU single accidents, which are about 90% of all injured NMRUs. There are no efficient tools available to reduce this number. A significantly better designed, maintained, and illuminated road network would most likely help. However, that is expensive and not possible for most road authorities. Despite this, the challenges with NMRUs in single accidents need more attention, if road safety is to be improved. The situation in Denmark is more than likely the case in many other countries as well; although the documentation is scarce.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLatin American Journal of Managemet for Sustainable Development
Volume2
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)102-111
Number of pages10
ISSN2052-0336
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Dark figure
  • Vulnerable road users
  • VRU
  • Traffic safety
  • Pedestrians
  • Traffic safety improvements
  • Single accidents
  • Visibility
  • Road maintenance
  • Cyclists

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