Civil and Environmental Engineering MS Thesis Defense: Álvaro Caviedes
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 8:30am

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce Álvaro Caviedes's MS Thesis Defense: "Exploring the Determinants of Vulnerable Road Users Crash Severity in State Roads." 

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 8:30am
Location: Engineering Building 310
Adviser: Dr. Miguel Figliozzi

Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable road users and suffer the most severe consequences when crashes take place. An extensive literature is available for crash severity in terms of driver safety, but fewer studies have explored non-motorized users’ crash severity. Furthermore, most research efforts have examined pedestrian and bicyclist crash severity in urban areas. This study focuses on state roads (mostly outside major urban areas) and aims to identify contributing risk factors of fatal and severe crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in state roads. The results seem to suggest that besides improvements in roadway characteristics, additional countermeasures to reduce crash severity for vulnerable users should include educational campaigns, more strict control of alcohol intoxicated drivers, and protection strategies of senior pedestrians.