Vintervädrets betydelse för att fotgängare skadas i singelolyckor


The impact of the winter weather on injuries in single-pedestrian accidents have been studied using data from the Swedish emergency hospitals, and from the Swedish Transport Administration’s information system on roads weather. We have studied the winter seasons 2008/2009 until 2013/2014. The study’s purpose was to examine the weather that was prevailing at the time of the pedestrian injury and during the 24 hours before the accident. Two populations of single-pedestrian accidents have been analysed; all who have reported that slippery surface due to snow or ice was a contributing cause of the injury; all who have been injured in urban areas in the four selected municipalities: Umeå, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. A connection between the injury data and weather data were made both for the hours when the injury occurred, and for the 24-hour period prior to the injury. Compared to non-urban areas, in urban areas there were more than 10 times as many who were injured in single-pedestrian accidents due to slippery road condition (snow /ice). This study shows that female pedestrians are injured due to snowy or icy road surface to a greater extent than men. The females’ injuries are also more severe. When comparing the distribution of different accident causes between males and females an analysis of the odds ratio showed that males have a higher proportion of injuries due to snowy or icy road surface compared to females. Prioritizing maintenance on pedestrian and cycle paths during the winter season seems to be beneficial both in terms of injury reductions and in terms of costs for health care due to injuries from slipping on snowy / icy surfaces. The study indicates the possibility of using the weather data of the type used in this study as a tool in the planning and execution of winter maintenance.



Open seminar with Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory...

Mistra SAMS international scientific advisory panel (ISAP) is visiting Stockholm, and the program will host an open seminar where the panel members will give talks in their area of expertise.

ERPUG 2017

The five year anniversary of  European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017. 



Vehicle Driver Monitoring: sleepiness and cognitive load

To prevent road crashes it is important to understand driver related contributing factors, which have been suggested to be the critical reason in 94 per cent of crashes. The overall aim of the project Vehicle Driver Monitoring has been to advance the...


Tomas Svensson new director-general

Tomas Svensson was today appointed Director-General of VTI. Tomas has been acting Director-General since January 2017. 


Crash testing bicycles at VTI

For the first time single bicycle crashes have been simulated at the VTI crash safety laboratory.


A case study exploring firefighters’ and municipal officials’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

A VTI-study presents a social perspective on new vehicle technology. It explores the self-reported preparedness of the fire departments (i.e., rescue services) in Sweden’s three largest cities regarding rescue operations involving electrical vehicles (EVs).


Pioneering research on and about bicycles at VTI

Under what circumstances might cyclists lose tyre grip? What actions could then be taken to prevent a crash? VTI is currently developing a theoretical model of the behaviour of bicycle tyres during braking and steering in different situations and on different...


Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)...