Psychological and Sociodemographic Characteristics of Accident Involved Drivers: A Survey of the Literature

Report No: 76-R49

Published in 1976

About the report:

This report reviews selected portions of the literature concerning the psychology of negligent driving. In particular, it stresses those studies which attempt to quantify and predict aberrant driving behavior. Reviewed are such topics as the role of demographics and driving records in accident occurrence and accident proneness, and the use of personality factors in predicting driving behavior. While much of the research previously conducted has not yielded significant results in terms of predictive validity, recent work seems promising in light of the multivariate techniques being introduced in the traffic safety field. The primary accomplishment of these multivariate studies thus far has been in the area of relevant variable identification and method validation for use in individual driver examination and in highway safety in general.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Cheryl W. Lynn

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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