Development of an In-depth European Accident Causation Database and the Driving Reliability and Error Analysis Method, DREAM 3.0
Other conference contribution, 2008

The SafetyNet project was formulated in part to address the need for safety oriented European road accident data. One of the main tasks included within the project was the development of a methodology for better understanding of accident causation together with the development of an associated database involving data obtained from on-scene or “nearly on-scene” accident investigations. Information from these investigations was complemented by data from follow-up interviews with crash participants to determine critical events and contributory factors to the accident occurrence. A method for classification of accident contributing factors, known as DREAM 3.0, was developed and tested in conjunction with the SafetyNet activities. Collection of data and case analysis for some 1 000 individual crashes have recently been completed and inserted into the database and therefore aggregation analyses of the data are now being undertaken. This paper describes the methodology development, an overview of the database and the initial aggregation analyses.

Accident investigations

accident causation

accident analysis


Helen Fagerlind

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

Karolina Björkman

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety


Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

Mikael Ljung Aust

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

Jesper Sandin

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Vehicle Safety

3:rd International Conference ESAR - Expert Symposium on Accident Research, Hannover, Germany, September

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