As graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, we are conducting a research study to explore motor vehicle crash histories of Austin area residents. Motor vehicle crashes pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of any community: on average, one Texas citizen is killed in a motor vehicle collision about every 3 hours. Furthermore, one person is injured in a collision every 2 minutes, and a reportable crash occurs in a little over a minute (TxDOT 2009).
This study aims to answer questions that will provide guidance to planners, policymakers and engineers in the area of road safety as it relates to collisions. In doing so, we seek to classify what environmental and behavioral characteristics might play a role in the number and/or severity of these collisions. Please note that, while we acknowledge information about one’s crash history may be sensitive, we will not be collecting any personal identifiers, such as home address. In addition, all collected data will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any third parties.
Beginning this Saturday, October the 1st, this survey will be available online at the following URL: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/646412/CrashSurvey. On October 14th, we will use all data gathered so far to perform analysis and publish results as part of our class project.
To help spread the word and ensure adequate number of responses for analysis, we would greatly appreciate if you could advertise this survey by placing the above link on your neighborhood association website, your upcoming newsletters or meet-ups, and any other ways you might reach out to the residents of your neighborhood.
Please note that while we want a large number of responses before October 14th in order to perform analysis during this fall semester, the survey will remain available long after this date so that a re-analysis might be performed. In other words, please feel free to continue advertising this survey after October 14th.
Lastly, please note that the online survey is not yet complete. So please discourage any use of the URL until October 1.