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Volume 03: A Guide for Addressing Collisions with Trees in Hazardous Locations
Trees Are the Most Commonly Struck Fixed Object
One of the most common causes of fatal and severe injury crashes, on rural roads in particular, is a vehicle leaving the road and striking a fixed object. In fatal crashes involving a fixed object, trees are the objects most often struck.
Eight percent of fatal crashes—more than 3,000 a year—involve crashes into trees. More than half of these crashes occur under dark conditions, half occur on curved roads, and half involve alcohol.
A Guide for Addressing Collisions with Trees in Hazardous Locations focuses on measures to reduce the harm in tree crashes after encroachment on the roadside has occurred.
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Trees in Hazardous Locations
Trees are the objects most commonly struck in Run-Off-Road (ROR) collisions, and tree impacts are generally quite severe. This guide focuses on measures directed at reducing the harm in tree crashes.
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