Work package 2: Risk analysis

This work package focuses on the analysis of registered data. By taking accident and exposure data into account, the relative safety level at various locations can be computed. When incorporating infrastructural characteristics in the analysis a more complete road safety score can be computed for a road location. Furthermore, it might be valuable to analyze road safety at a more detailed level in which an accident location (e.g. a signalized intersection) is further divided into location sections. The level of injury for specific groups of road users as well as the accident patterns might differ substantially between these different sections. Finally, a spatial approach of traffic safety will produce interesting insights regarding the relation between traffic characteristics and the surrounding environment.

Contact person: Prof. dr. Elke Hermans 

Project 2.1: Network safety management

This project aims to advise policymakers by identifying high accident concentration sections on the Flemish network (of highways and regional roads) with a high safety potential. Furthermore we assess the safety level of a road in a more detailed way. By collecting and combining detailed infrastructural characteristics and exposure data, a road safety score will be calculated for a selection of road sections.

Contact person: dr. Stijn Daniels 


Project 2.2: Analyzing road crash patterns by using collision diagrams

In this project we study accident patterns and accident propensity (in general as well as for particular types of road users) at different sections of a road location by using the exact location of accidents and collision diagrams. By analyzing accident data at such a detailed level of road location sections, more specific recommendations in terms of road infrastructure design become possible.

Contact person: dr. Stijn Daniels 


Project 2.3: Spatial approach of traffic safety

The goal of this project is threefold. A dynamic Flemish society demands an efficient, safe and attractive transport system. However, the existing landscape (e.g. densely populated suburban areas near highway exits and access roads) hampers this to some extent. This requires zooming in to specific locations to gain insights in local circumstances, perception and travel behavior and really understand the interaction between traffic and the environment. Furthermore in this project we explore the potential of new data collection and analysis techniques, such as video images collected for mobile mapping purposes. Finally, issues of transferability of the case study results and of the assessment method for other locations in Flanders will be examined.

Contact person: Prof. dr. Thérèse Steenberghen 



The Policy Research Centre for Traffic Safety carries out policy relevant scientific research under the authority of the Flemish Government. The Centre is the result of a

cooperation between Hasselt University, KU Leuven and VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research.


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