Special Issue "Road Crash Injury and Driver Behavior"
A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
In many countries with modern vehicle fleets, vehicle occupant protection technology is now effectively preventing serious injuries and saving lives. In addition, active safety systems are proving to be highly effective in preventing crashes. However, death and serious injuries are still commonly occurring in road crashes. Globally, around 1.4 million people are killed in crashes each year, and this number is, if anything, increasing year on year.
In many highly motorised countries, the main challenges surrounding crash-injury prevention now involve the vulnerable road user (VRU) group. Some studies suggest that almost 70% of fatally injured road users in inner urban areas are VRUs and crashes involving pedestrians can exhibit unprediactable behaviours, and are especially problematic.
In many rapidly motorising countries, vulnerable road user crashes are still prevalent and are equally challenging, but there are also issues with many vehicle fleets having vehicles which do not offer adequate occupant protection, since they are not equipped with modern airbag and restraint systems. Furthermore, in many cases, many of these vehicles do not meet modern vehicle safety standards and would fail to comply with regulatory compliance testing requirements. Therefore, in crashes involving such vehicles, occupant safety is greatly compromised.
Furthermore, in both highly motorised and rapidly motorising countries, new challenges will become evident in the years ahead as connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) become a reality. CAVs will be capable of handling most of the manoeuvring and control functions of the vehicle in all traffic scenarios, but in urban settings, this will mean that CAVs will be required to interact with pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists – and this could be problematic if the technology does not prove to be perfectly reliably.
In this Special Edition, we welcome papers exploring issues relating to future road crash prevention, either through vehicle design, modification of driver behaviour and implementation of other traffic safety measures, including road infrastructure design. We also welcome studies relating to where current gaps in vehicle active and passive safety requirements are still evident, and how such gaps could be addressed.
We also welcome papers on the future prevention of vulnerable road user crashes and the likely impact of CAVs on these road user groups.
Prof. Dr. Andrew Morris
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- Injury causation
- Driver behaviour
- Human factors
- Vulnerable road users
- Connected and autonomous vehicles