Exploring Inattention and Distraction in the SafetyNet Accident Causation Database
Paper in proceedings, 2009
The SafetyNet Accident Causation Database was formulated as part of the SafetyNet Integrated Project. Data were collected in 6 European countries using ‘on scene’ and ‘nearly on scene’ crash investigation methods. 32% of crashes recorded in the Database, involved at least one driver, rider or pedestrian, which had been assigned the SNACS codes ‘Inattention’ and/or ‘Distraction’. 212 of the drivers were assigned ‘Distraction’ and 140 drivers were given the code ‘inattention’. Distraction and Inattention often leads to missed observations and ‘Timing’ or ‘Direction’ critical events. In addition, the type of distraction and inattention differs according to the crash type.