Truckers are accustomed to hearing stats and facts from the
research of “um-tree” or UMTRI – the University of Michigan Transportation
One of the institute’s divisions has changed the name of its
Survey and Analysis Division to the Transportation Safety Analysis Division.
As an interdisciplinary team, the Transportation Safety
Analysis Division will continue to advance motor vehicle safety through its
data collection and analysis activities and a fundamental understanding of
"The name change more accurately reflects our
division's role and incorporates our broad research focus," said John
Woodrooffe, head of the Transportation Safety Analysis Division.
Since 1980, the division
has annually conducted the comprehensive Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents
TIFA file is
recognized as the nation's most reliable and detailed source of information
about the configuration and operations of every truck involved in a fatal
accident in the United States.
In 1988, the Center for National Truck Statistics, an
operational unit within the division, was established to formalize this
developing national program to collect and analyze truck accident data.
A national bus survey, patterned after TIFA, began for the
1999 data year and has continued on an annual basis. To reflect its new scope,
the center became the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics in 2003.
Another unit within the
division, the Statistical Analysis Group, applies statistical methods in
of traffic safety, including
collision-avoidance and crashworthiness issues. Projects generally involve the
analysis of accident and travel data to study the risk of accident involvement
or the risk of injury in a collision.
The Transportation Data Center became a formal part of the
Transportation Safety Analysis Division in 1999. TDC provides a readily
accessible source of motor vehicle crash data and other transportation-related
data sets, as well as expert consulting for data users.
UMTRI is committed to interdisciplinary
transportation-related research that will ultimately increase driving safety
and further transportation systems knowledge. For more information, visit http://www.umtri.umich.edu or contact John
Woodrooffe at (734) 763-6076.