Causes of Accidents
November 26, 2012 | 10:54 AM

As a safety professional, I was disappointed at the reasoning that "too many cars" are the main cause of accidents at intersections. The traffic engineer who made that statement apparently does not understand the difference between 'causation' and 'correlation.' Such reasoning would dictate that more employment causes more accidents in the workplace, or more flights cause more aircraft crashes. There is no such causal link. Intersection design can be a factor, but driving skills--and the pandemic of inattention from cellphones, are causes. Also, lax law enforcement in the ATL area seems to make stopping when the light goes red "optional." More cars is not a cause, and if that's the best we can do at finding causes, finding solutions for improvement will elude us.

Allan Goldberg