An analysis of pedestrian-vehicle collisions in rural New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


Addressing rural transportation challenges in New Brunswick, especially for vulnerable road users, is a topic that has not been adequately studied. This research paper undertook a thorough review and analysis of collision data collected by the provincial government from 2001-2012. The results of the research found that 510 pedestrian-vehicle collisions occurred in rural New Brunswick during the studied period. Property damage only, injury, and death accounted for 106, 339 and 64 collisions, respectively. Closer analysis was carried out on the 64 collisions resulting in one or more fatalities. The study showed that 67.2% of collisions occurred after dark and that pedestrian error was the most prevalent major contributing factor (43.8%). Other contributing factors of note include driver inattention (14.1%) and glare (6.3%). The report has shown the need for increased research to better understand the needs of all vulnerable road users and more focus among highway engineers to ensure safe transportation for all.