Accident Research

Research on Road Safety and the Nature of Accidents

accident research

Accident statistics have been displaying a pleasing trend over the last few years - less accident victims despite the increase in vehicle density. The successes of the increased road safety are to be attributed to areas including accident research. However, due to advancing technologies and social changes, new challenges are constantly emerging, making accident research indispensable in the future as well.

In order to ensure that this positive trend continues, accident research is a key concern for DEKRA. Since 1978, we have occupied ourselves intensively with road safety and the analysis of real-life accidents. Our sphere of action ranges from minor collisions to major pile-ups and from fire tests to crash barrier failures, for which we can include the complete range of possible traffic participants, from pedestrians to bicycles, motorcycles, cars, vans, and trucks to rail traffic.

Our in-house databases and their analysis provide detailed information from over 40 years of accident research and are the basis for further optimization of technical mobility. We pass these findings on to the vehicle industry and its suppliers, but also to authorities and associations. In this way DEKRA contributes to greater safety on the roads at many levels, from technical development work, to advising and supporting policymakers, in standardization procedures, to participating in national and international conferences.

DEKRA offers you these services:

  • Customer-specific analysis of real accidents
  • Assessment of the potential benefits of new safety systems
  • Analysis of driving dynamics tests
  • Compilation of training materials
  • Implementation of national and international research projects
  • Advisory role with the creation of new standards and laws
  • Support with the compilation of guidelines for accident rescue
  • Biomechanical assessment of injury patterns in road traffic
  • Analysis of the safety of vehicles run on alternative fuels
  • Work on committees at national and international level
  • Traffic and behavioral observations

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