Diagnosing the Fatal Five Road Crash Epidemic

Road crashes are the second leading cause of fatalities and hospitalised injuries in Australia. The top five causes of fatal crashes in Australia (often referred to as “Fatal Five” behaviours) are Distraction, Drink Driving, Speeding, Fatigue and Unrestrained behaviours. There is a substantial interest in understanding the critical factors that contribute to such behaviours.

This study will undertake a unique research effort to quantify the impact of various exogenous factors on fatal crashes while recognizing that the Fatal Five behaviours are endogenous to crash severity outcomes. Specifically, the focus of the study will be to examine injury severity and Fatal Five behaviours as two dimensions of the severity process by employing a joint econometric framework. The focus will be on crash records for the State of Queensland from 2009-2018. These advanced temporal analytical approaches will allow policymakers, transportation officials and community planners to make evidence-based decisions, and to fully examine the impact of road safety initiatives on Fatal Five behaviours.

Funding / Grants

  • IHBI Seeding Grant (2019 - 2021)