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Title:Encouraging Tribal Community Crash Reporting
Authors:Kimberly Vachal
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Apr 2020
Report #:MPC-20-414
Project #:MPC-518
TRID #:01844438
Keywords:crash reports, data collection, Indian reservations, Native Americans, traffic crashes
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications



The American Indian population is at high risk for motor vehicle (MV) crash injury. Although preventable, a majority of these indigenous populations lack fundamental data needed to understand these events and effective countermeasures. This cross-case study sets a framework for exploring Indian Nations' crash reporting systems in an effort to fill this information void. An inventory process and experience gained in working with four tribes produced a pragmatic approach that tribes can refine based on objectives with regard to accountability, sovereignty, and system integrity. Enormous benefits can be derived from a crash reporting system that holds essential, non-personally identifiable information. The study shows that electronically documenting MV crash event data is plausible with commitment from tribes and support from other stakeholders.

How to Cite

Vachal, Kimberly. Encouraging Tribal Community Crash Reporting, MPC-20-414. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2020.

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