Design School


Transport Collisions Research Group

The Transport Collisions Research Group’s aim is to better understand how road traffic collisions and injuries occur in order to improve safety for road users, including their vehicles and roads. The research findings are used by vehicle manufacturers. road safety researchers and policy makers.

Areas of expertise

  • in-depth road traffic collision investigations for research
  • design, conduct and management of field-studies in road safety research
  • Specialist investigation of road accidents, including all types of motor vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, children and the elderly
  • Statistical analysis of road accident data 
  • Vehicle crashworthiness and collision performance
  • Road safety design
  • Human factors involved in the causes of collisions
  • Injury biomechanics 

For more details see the links below to the project listings.

  • Atalar, D; Thomas, P; Kirk, A  et al. Catalogue of Current Safety Systems. DaCoTA Project Deliverable Number D5.2, DaCoTA January 2012
  • Cuerden, R., Richards, D., Brightman, T., Danton, R., Dodson, E., Hill, J., Ashton, S., “A comparative review of pedestrian injury severity with respect to car impact speed”, 2007, p1-67, Department for Transport.
  • Cuerden, R., Hill, J., Danton, R., Dodson, E., Kirk, A. Quigley, C., Cookson, R., Richards, D., and Pittman, M. “The UK On The Spot Accident Data Collection Study - Final Report.  An overview of methodology and findings” 2010.  Draft report for the Department for Transport and Highways Agency.
  • Danton, R., Kirk, A.R., Rackliff, L., Hill, J.R., Gisby, R., Pearce, D., Dodson, E., “Left-hand drive HGVs and foreign truck drivers in OTS”, September 2008, p1-104, Department for Transport.
  • Dodson, E. & Hill, J. “On The Spot accident data collection Phase II: Offence histories feasibility report” 2007, Unpublished study for the Department for Transport
  • DODSON, E., KIRK, A. and HILL, J., 2011. Linking offence histories to accidents using OTS data: report on data collected and preliminary findings by Loughborough University. Loughborough: VSRC & Loughborough University Enterprises Limited.
  • Frampton, R., Welsh, R., Kirk, A., Fay, P., “Effectiveness of airbag restraints in frontal crashes - what European field studies tell us”. Proceedings of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact (IRCOBI) Conference, Montpellier, France, September 20-22, 2000, pp.426-441.
  • Hagstroem, L., Fagerlind, H., Danton, R., Reed, S., Hill, J., Martensen, H., Margaritis,D., Jahi, H, Morris, A. & Thomas P. “Report on purpose of indepth data and the shape of the new EU infrastructure” DaCoTA Deliverable D2.1, February 2011
  • Hill, J., “On the spot accident data collection at VSRC first annual report”. 2001;
  • Hill, J., “On the spot accident data collection - phase one final project report. 2004; Department for Transport and Highways Agency
  • Hill, J., “On the spot research: investigating human, highway and engineering factors in accidents”, London. Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, 2002; pp.155-166.
  • Hill, J., Cuerden, R., “Road safety research report no 59.  development and implementation of the UK on the spot accident data collection - phase 1”. 2005, Department for Transport and Highways Agency.
  • Hill, J.R., and Cuerden, R., “Development and implementation of the UK On The Spot Accident Data Collection Study. Phase 1 Road Safety Research Report No 59, November 2005, p1-74, Department for Transport.
  • Hill, J., Lenard, J., Cyples, R., Welsh, R., “On the spot accident data collection - volumes 1-3.  (SO226/VC) final project report”. 2004; Client: Department for Transport, Vehicle Standards Engineering Division.
  • Hill, J.R., Thomas, P.D., Smith, M., Byard, N., “The methodology of on the spot accident investigations in the UK”. ESV Conference, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 17th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, pp 1-10. Amsterdam, June 2001
  • Janssen, W.H., Quigley, C.L. and Hill, J., … et al., “D02: Summary of driver behaviour and driver interactions with roadside infrastructure. RISER [Roadside Infrastructure for Safer European Roads]. AR2516”, 2006, p1-72, European Commission, Available from:
  • Kirk, A.R., Grant, R.H., Lesire, P., Johansson, M. and Tejera, G., D12A CHILD Task 1.4. “Overview of the CHILD accident database and analysis”, August 2006, European Commission
  • Lenard, J., Dodson, E., Hill, J., ”Drivers perception of accident circumstances and opportunities for crash avoidance through technological intervention”. 2005; p.17pp VDI.
  • Lenard, J., Frampton, R., Kirk, A., et al. “An overview of accidents and safety priorities for light goods vehicles”. 2002; pp.56-69. 1. Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Lenard, J., Hill, J., “Interaction of road environment, vehicle and human factors in the causation of pedestrian accidents. 2005; pp.250-255. Hannover. Hannover Medical School, Accident Research Unit.
  • Quigley, C.L. and Hill, J.R., “D07: Summary of maintenance and operational procedures for roadside infrastructure”, 2003, 23p, European Commission, Available from:
  • Quigley, C.L. and Hill, J.R., “D05: Summary of European design guidelines for roadside infrastructure”, 2003, 52p, European Commission, Available from:
  • Quigley, C.L. and Hill, J.R., “D01: Accident databases for collisions with roadside infrastructure”, 2004, 98p, European Commission, Available from:
  • Quigley, C.L., Hill, J., Thompson, R., et al. “Single vehicle collisions in Europe: analysis using real world and crash test data”. 2006; pp.1-15.
  • Quigley, C.L., Kirk, A., Van Elslande, P., Schick, S., Hill, J., “An analysis of speed-related UK accidents using a human functional failure methodology”, TRACE (Traffic Accident Causation in Europe), 2009, p1-15, European Commission.