ATLAS Bi-Annual Report – PDF
In 2013, 32,719 people lost their lives on our nation’s roadways and another 2.3 million were injured. While these numbers have decreased from previous decades, they have stayed relatively stable (and perhaps slightly increased) over the past 4 or 5 years. Many factors impact the likelihood of a crash and the severity of the injury outcomes including the behaviors of road users; the vehicle; and the roadway itself and its larger environment. As described in the well-known Haddon Matrix, these factors can have their effects before, during, or after a crash.
The ATLAS Center is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center that addresses the US Department of Transportation’s strategic goal of safety; that is, saving lives and reducing injuries on US roadways. The Center works to achieve this goal through a variety of education, workforce development, research, and technology transfer activities engaged in by our partner institutions (UMTRI and TTI). This report details many of those activities and further information can be found on our website: www.ATLAS-Center.org.
This biannual report spotlights an important focus that underlies all of our activities—the opening of doorways. Whether the doorway represents an educational opportunity for students, the discovery of new knowledge, or the dissemination of critical highway safety information to practitioners, the ATLAS Center strives to open the doorways that will lead to integrated solutions for transportation safety. In recognition of this principle, this report features photographs of doorways from the University of Michigan (U-M) and Texas A&M University (TAMU).
The ATLAS Center will continue to provide leadership in transportation safety research, education, and technology transfer and to develop collaborative partnerships that will address the highest priority highway safety problems. I encourage our stakeholders to contact us to discuss the problems and issues that are most important to them. In this way, the ATLAS Center can focus on the issues that can best be solved through our activities. If you have questions or wish to support our efforts to improve traffic safety, I encourage you to contact me.
David W. Eby, PhD