Authors: Published: 15 Nov 2015

Abstract

Traffic accidents are a critical safety issue in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The economic prosperity over the past few decades associated with excessive growth in population, major highway infrastructure development projects, and high levels of car ownership have led to dramatic increase in traffic accidents. To address this issue, this article conducts a comprehensive study to investigate traffic accidents rates and causes in UAE to propose recommendations for reducing the traffic accidents hazard. Traffic accident data for the UAE for the period from 2000 to 2009 were collected from the Ministry of Interior (MOI). Using the obtained data, a comprehensive critical analysis was conducted. Different regression models for fatality, major and moderate accidents were established with different accidents types and their numbers. Forecast models for the number of accidents were performed. The analysis revealed aggregated causes and reasons behind the huge number of accidents, injuries and fatalities.
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