Human Factors in Transportation Accidents

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Expand your understanding of operator behavior

The role of human error and human capabilities, including perception, decision making, physical conditions, and psychological states, are critical components in transportation accident investigations. Exponent's human factors teams conduct thorough research to evaluate how operators interact with motorized vehicle controls and systems and how human errors contribute to accidents.

Investigating the human element in accidents

Human factors, including human capabilities, limitations, perception, decision making, reactions, physical states, and behaviors, can all contribute significantly to accidents. Exponent's Human Factors team is at the forefront of research on operator performance for a variety of environments and every mode of transportation.

For clients seeking understanding of how to maximize safety and reduce risk, Exponent provides comprehensive reports on the role of human interaction and performance. We evaluate and analyze operator error, accident risk, impacts, and evaluation of in-vehicle technology, and the effects of instructions and warnings on operator behavior. Our novel, quantitative and qualitative frameworks allow us to apply scientific rigor to issues of human safety and provide clients accurate and objective insights.

And our experience and testing resources have allowed us to develop expertise in a variety of areas, including but not limited to, adaptive cruise control, advanced driver assistance systems, back-up accidents, in-vehicle device usage, perception-reaction time analysis, and gaze patterns and visual search.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.