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Spatial Patterns in Traffic Accident Risks: Analyses Based on Residential Areas

Project description:

 The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved the project "Spatial Patterns in Traffic Accident Risks: Analyses Based on Residential Areas" initiated by the department of Transport Planning of the Technical University Dortmund. Research, which started in January 2015, involves comparative analyses of traffic accident risks in different residential areas.

The project is based on recent analyses by Prof. Dr. Christian Holz-Rau and Prof. Dr. Joachim Scheiner, in which the two scholars conclude that road accidents are less likely to occur in urban areas, whereas accident risks increase in rather suburban and rural areas. The project incorporates data collected in Lower-Saxony and provides information on the casualties' place of residence as well as the location in which the accident took place. It will be investigated to what extent factors as the transport infrastructure, individuals' mobility behaviors, urban structures and the socio-economic status of residential locations control the risk of falling victim to traffic accidents.

Furthermore, by focusing on the individuals' place of residence and the location of accident, this study allows to illustrate how strong these places overlap. This depends, amongst other factors, on the mode of transportation. The projects' underlying data further allows an analysis of the temporal distribution of traffic accidents (accidents per week and year) and also differentiates age groups and gender.


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Förderkennziffern: SCHE 1692/2-1

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