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Accident and mobility researcher


These professionals work in the field of mobility and the safety elements that can be found in urban spaces. In cities, pedestrians coexist and share spaces with different modes of transport (cars, lorries, bicycles) and facilities (commercial, transport, leisure) which make the distribution of elements and the design of space extremely important.

They carry out studies and research on mobility and accidents, working from two aspects: one of a preventive nature to avoid accidents or mobility problems in the road space and on the problems that appear in the day-to-day life of the city, and the other one is of a reactive nature, analysing what happened in the event of a traffic accident or mobility problem in order to discover the causes and seek solutions.

These professionals lend their services both to the Administration and to businesses, especially insurance companies.


Analyse, investigate and propose measures
  • Identify and analyse accident blackspots: areas with high number of accidents. Specialists are responsible for locating these and drawing up a series of proposals to eliminate them or applying corrective measures.
  • Analyse high-risk groups: groups of people who share certain common features which make them particularly vulnerable to accidents on roads (young people, older people and drinkers). Specialists identify these groups and their features and propose actions to reduce their vulnerability.
  • Investigate mobility problems. Analyse the problems associated with the movements and transport of both vehicles and individuals, activities which take place in a particular space, the intensity of traffic by street and time slot, the distribution of one or two-way street traffic, the operation of traffic light regulations, the use of streets by pedestrians, etc. Draw up proposals or reports on mobility-related matters and topics.
  • Reconstruct traffic accidents, mostly for expert reports, studying the problems associated with space, collecting data to reconstruct accidents and determining their causes, analysing the problems associated with travel and the activities and uses of a given road space. With these data, carry out epidemiological analyses of any accidents that arise.

Draw reports and safety plans
  • Draft specific reports. The Government, individuals or companies may ask specialists to draw up reports about particular elements, general issues or specific situations in the context of roads. This may include, for example, analysing road signs (whether these are correct, insufficient or poor), studying parking issues, etc.
  • Draw up road safety and accident prevention plans, establishing which are the objectives to be achieved in road safety, following an analysis of the current situation. Define strategies to be followed and specific actions to be implemented.

Conduct audits and propose improvements
  • Help to manage public transport. Specialists audit the operation of public transport services, analysing traffic flows, determining routes, stops and parking areas for buses, taxis and other road-based public transport services.
  • Audit road spaces to test the effectiveness of safety elements: road signs, pedestrian comfort, the location of urban elements, analysing roads, accessibility, condition, noise and pollution levels associated with the use of cars, etc; in order to ensure that the space does not present risks for the people using it. For example, they ensure that pavement elements do not obstruct the vision of drivers. Similarly, they propose changes to roads in order to improve safety.

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Llacuna, 156-162, 08018 Barcelona

Monday to Friday from 9 to 18 h

Generalitat de Catalunya
Unió Europea FEDER
Unió Europea FSE