Comment 62010

By jonathan (registered) | Posted April 08, 2011 at 18:48:06 in reply to Comment 61995

How about this one? I just realized...this study only takes into account accidents involving children. Didn't realize that before now. However, that doesn't make its data inapplicable to the discussion.

Between 1978 and 1994, on one-way streets, the driver was acting properly in 81.5% of the cases (slightly higher on two-way).

The driver was impaired in only 2.7% of the cases. (that's for the guy that was claiming an 80% rate of impairment the other day).

The accidents occurred at an intersection 58.2% of the time. Of those, 84.7% of the intersections were signalized. Which translates to a signalized intersection 49.3% of the time.

The driver was going straight in 82.4% of the time.

EDIT: I'm curious as to the source of treehugger's info. It refers back to a blog post by a professor, which refers to an analysis of Toronto Police collision reports...but no actual report. So no actual source...just some guy's word. Not something I'd take to the bank. You're more than welcome to refer back to an actual report for my stats.

EDIT2: Oh, hey...

In the interview, Dr. Cavacuiti is quoted as saying “The [Toronto Collision] study concluded that cyclists are the cause of less than 10 per cent of bike-car accidents”. Dr. Cavacuiti has asked us to make readers aware that the Toronto Collision study was actually designed to look at the cause of bicycle/motorist collisions but not culpability.

It is actually several studies conducted by the Charles Komanoff and member of the Right of Way organization in New York that concluded that concluded that cyclists were strictly culpable for less than 10 per cent of bike-car accidents.

...and here's Right Of Way's website. The report is here. What it comes down to is this: RoW decided police officers are prejudiced against pedestrians (they explicitly state that), and don't trust them to properly charge drivers. So they did their own post-accident analysis, and decided themselves who was culpable.

Comment edited by jonathan on 2011-04-08 19:20:08

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