Rural road accidents in Iran: analysis, comparison and the cost

  • Esmail Ayati

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


In the general introduction of the road-accident phenomenon inside and outside Iran, the results of previous research-works and international conferences and seminars on road-safety have been reviewed. Also a sample-road between
Tehran and Mashad has been investigated as a case-study.
Examining the road-accident data and iriformation,first: the information presented in road-accident report-forms in developed countries is discussed and, second: the procedures for road-accident data collection in Iran are
investigated in detail.
The data supplied by Iran Road-Police Central Statistics Office, is analysed, different rates are computed, due comparisons with other nations are made, and the results are discussed. Also such analysis and comparisons are presented for different provinces of Iran. It is concluded that each province with its own natural, geographical, social and economical characteristics possesses its own reasons for
the quality and quantity of road-accidents and therefore must receive its own appropriate remedial solutions.
The question~ of "what is the cost of road-accidents", "why and how evaluate the cost", "what is the appropriate way of approach to such evaluation" are all discussed and then "the cost of road-accidents in Iran" based on two different approaches: "Gross National Output"and "court award" is computed. It is concluded that this cost is about 1.5 per cent of the country's national product.
In Appendix 3 an impressive example is given of the trend of costs and benefits that can be attributed to investment in road-safety measures.
Date of AwardMay 1988
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAli Jabbari (Supervisor)


  • road accident
  • Iran
  • data analysis
  • comparison
  • cost

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