The European Commission recognises the importance of in-depth road accident investigations to identify areas of priority and develop accident countermeasures. Currently only a small number of European countries systematically collect such data. By preparing a common methodology and data systems and by increasing the number of teams, the DaCoTA project aimed to contribute to improve road safety across Europe.
The DaCoTA team worked towards the long term vision of an on-going, pan European accident investigation activity. It aims at providing comprehensive in-depth data that will be collated into a large scale database. A database system and on-line manual have been readied and a network of investigators established across 19 countries in Europe and neighbouring regions.
The on-line manual covers the scope, characteristics and the practical requirements of the methodology. It also contains detailed information on variables (or data fields) in the DaCoTA in-depth database system.
You can find the DaCoTA On-line Manual for In-depth Road Accident investigators here.