Report numberRA-2006-95
TitleBehavioural Adaptation, Risk Compensation, Risk Homeostasis and Moral Hazard in Traffic Safety
SubtitleLiterature Review
AuthorsKlara Vrolix
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2002-2006
Number of pages58
Document languageDutch
Partner(s)Universiteit Hasselt
Work packageOther: Enforcement and policy

The intended effects of road-safety measures are sometimes offset by behavioural adaptation among road users. This phenomenon has been empirically demonstrated for several road safety measures, both on an individual behavioural level, and on an aggregated accident-risk level. This literature review presents the theoretical foundation and empirical applications of behavioural adaptation.

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