Simulation Study of the Effect of Decreasing Truck Traffic Flow on Safety on Almeria-Barcelona Corridor Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper the effect of truck traffic on road safety has been analyzed through simulation study. The main objective of the study is to quantify the effect of the decreasing average annual daily traffic of heavy duty vehicles (trucks) on road safety. As the road safety indicators the frequency road accidents is considered. The data used in the study were collected from one of the most crowded routes in Spain which connects Almeria (south-east) with Barcelona (northeast). The observed data covers year 2010 and were classified into 2 road types: dual carriageways and toll roads. The estimation was carried out using negative binomial model and Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation. Using the estimation results new traffic scenarios were proposed where the traffic flow is assumed to change its values. A total of 33 scenarios were proposed and new accidents data were generated through MCMC sampling. The comparison of the simulated and observed accident data shows that the effect of decreasing truck traffic flow could meliorate road safety in the route. The simulation tool could be applied to evaluate the effects of freight modal shift from road to rail.DOI:

name of conference

  • Libro de Actas CIT2016. XII Congreso de Ingeniera del Transporte

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Dadashova, B., Arenas-Ramirez, B., Gonzalez-Fernandez, C., & Aparicio-Izquierdo, F.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Dadashova, Bahar||Arenas-Ramirez, Blanca||Gonzalez-Fernandez, Camino||Aparicio-Izquierdo, Francisco

publication date

  • June 2016