Accuracy of Virginia Accident Data: Report

Report No: 82-R13

Published in 1981

About the report:

The sources, magnitude, and characteristics of the inaccuracies in Virginia's police-reported accident data were examined. Five techniques were used to (1) determine how accident data are documented, (2) examine the contents of the accident report used to collect the data, and (3) document problems relating to the accuracy of the data. Recommendations were designed to enhance the overall quality of the data by (1) revising the current accident report and accompanying instruction manual, (2) modifying police training procedures, (3) upgrading the field reviews and editing, procedures for the accident reports, and (4) establishing a process to continually monitor and update the police accident report.

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.


Other Authors

Bradley T. Hargroves, Julie M. Hargroves

Last updated: January 21, 2024

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