VOLUME 5, ISSUE 1
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Robert Wunderlich, director of TTI’s Center for Transportation Safety, shared road safety insights with state lawmakers on Feb. 26 during a meeting of Texas’ Senate Transportation Committee. The panel heard Wunderlich’s testimony in the course of pursuing its goal to study crash causes and make recommendations to improve roadway safety.
“Texas traffic crashes are associated with three high-risk behaviors, two high-risk crash types and three high-risk roadway user groups,” Wunderlich told committee members. “These categories overlap, and some crashes fall into more than one of these categories.”
Wunderlich also told panel members that the total statewide fatality count has topped 3,500 every year since 2014. He cited several key crash statistics reflecting trends from 2010 to 2019:
Wunderlich also outlined the range of initiatives under way at TTI to improve safety conditions for all of the high-risk groups.
Agency researchers work to find new and innovative ways to analyze crash data related to vehicle types and human behaviors, Wunderlich noted, with the purpose of identifying effective countermeasures to reduce crash frequency and prevent crash injuries and deaths.
Committee Chairman Robert Nichols recognized TTI for its decades-long contributions to improving roadway safety statewide.
“There’s no telling how many lives have been saved by the recommendations you have made that have been implemented by TxDOT,” the chairman said.
Briefs Texas Senate Panel on Traffic-Related Crash Trends, Causes
HIGH-RISK USER GROUPS
HIGH-RISK crash types