Webinar: Crash and Near-Crash Characteristics Among Risky Drivers Using the SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study

Thursday, July 25, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) remain a significant problem in the United States and worldwide. Disproportionately represented among MVCs are risky drivers, specifically young and older drivers. Previous risky driver crash rates have been based upon fatal crashes, police-reported crashes, and estimated miles driven.

Large-scale naturalistic driving studies offer the opportunity to compute crash rates using a reliable methodology to capture crashes and driving exposure. The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study contains extensive real-world data on risky drivers and allows for the reliable capture of all crashes and exact miles driven. These data provide a unique opportunity to study teen driver crashes in a naturalistic setting. The current study used this SHRP2 database to compare crash rates of teen and adult drivers. Specifically, this study focused on the most common crash scenario—rear-end striking crashes.

To our knowledge, this study represented the first effort to compare crash rates between teens and adults using a methodology to reliably capture crashes and driving exposure. Additionally, previous research has focused extensively on crashes only, however near crashes provide additional data on driver errors leading to critical events as well as evasive maneuvers employed to avoid crashes. The current research also utilized the SHRP2 database to compare the rate and characteristics associated with near crashes among risky drivers.

This webinar is available to AAAM Members (all member types) at no cost. There is a charge of $50 (USD) for non-members. Pre-registration is required.


Thomas Seacrist is a Project Manager for pediatric injury research in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Mr. Seacrist has been involved in pediatric automotive safety research for the past ten years.  His research interests include pediatric impact biomechanics, pediatric ATD biofidelity, teen drivers, and naturalistic driving.  He has presented and published internationally at pediatric, biomechanics, and automotive safety venues.  Mr. Seacrist also serves as Director of CIRP’s Injury Science Training Program, including overseeing CIRP’s Injury Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site.  Mr. Seacrist received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Seacrist has been a member of AAAM since 2010

Thomas is also the winner of the 2016 Best Scientific Paper Award presented at the 2017 AAAM Annual Conference.

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