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Volume :30 Issue : 1 2003      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

An analysis of pedestrian accidents in Kuwait

Auther : PARVIZ A. KOUSHKI AND MOHAMMED A. ALI

Department of Civil Engineering, Kuwait University,

P O.Box 5969 Safat Kuwait 13060, Fax: (965) 481-7524, E-mail:  Parviz@kuc0l.kuniv.edu.kw

 ABSTRACT

In spite of the optimum sustainability, environmental compatibility, and numerous health and other socio-economic benefits of walking as a mode of urban travel, the safety of pedestrians receives insufficient attention from both drivers and policy makers, especially in non-industrialized nations, and pedestrians remain the most vulnerable road users. This research paper begins by highlighting the plight of pedestrians in a number of industrialized and non-industrialized nations. Next, the result of the analysis of a systematic-random sample of 443 pedestrian injury/fatality accident records occurring over the 3-year period, 1996-98, in metropolitan Kuwait is presented. The characteristics of the injurious and fatal pedestrian accidents with regards to cause, result, time of day, vehicle type, location, pedestrian age, nationality, and gender, are compared and discussed. A number of recommendations for safety improvements for pedestrians conclude the paper.

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