System Approach in Road Safety Studies

  • Andrzej Szymanek
Keywords: road safety, road risk management, system approach, complex systems


The road safety management methodology should be based on a system approach. This means that the road transport must be formalized as a complex system (CS), and then safety can be interpreted as an emergent feature of such a system. Road accidents should be interpreted as "organizational accidents". They should be studied using concepts such as "normal accident theory" (NAT) and "highly reliable organization" (HRO). The main purpose of the article is to show the usefulness of these concepts for the road safety and risk management, especially in Polish conditions. The system approach to road safety research (and transport safety) will allow for the better safety results.

Author Biography

Andrzej Szymanek

Faculty of Transport and Electrical Engineering, Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland

How to Cite
Andrzej Szymanek. (2020). System Approach in Road Safety Studies. Communications - Scientific Letters of the University of Zilina, 22(4), 201-210.
Safety and Security Engineering in Transport