At the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) we seek to understand the many factors contributing to road crashes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating harm from our road system.

Our research

CASR is internationally recognised as a leading independent research organisation in road safety, and has been at the forefront of this field for over 30 years. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team conducts high-quality research with significant real-world impact, enabling informed decision-making in the development and implementation of road safety countermeasures and policies.

Our research

Vehicle safety

At CASR we are constantly developing our advanced vehicle testing capability. We have a current focus on pedestrian crash testing and advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) research. We maintain a capability to conduct pedestrian impact testing to EU/ANCAP protocols. CASR has much to contribute to the understanding of emerging automotive technologies, autonomous vehicles and vulnerable road user safety.

Vehicle safety

Crash investigation

Our in-depth crash investigation program has been a core activity since the 1970s. CASR investigators attend road crashes in metropolitan and rural areas to identify what infrastructure, vehicle or human behaviour-based countermeasures may have prevented the crash, or reduced its severity. We work collaboratively with the emergency services on-site while maintaining our independent scientific investigations.

Crash Investigation

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Safe Systems for Road Engineers and Managers Micro-credential

CASR developed a self-paced online micro-credential, Safe Systems for Road Engineers, which will ensure you bridge the gap between professional practice and the Safe System application. You will learn the skills to effectively utilise the Safe System in road safety in your day-to-day role in road infrastructure.

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CASR showcased in NHMRC impact case study

CASR is proud to have had its past achievements showcased in the NHMRC impact case study series.

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For media enquiries or to discuss our consulting services, vehicle testing or possible collaboration on a research project, please contact our office or the CASR Laboratory.

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Latest publications and reports



How to think about road accidents - What happens and why - The initiating and reacting road users

This paper suggests how to describe what happens in a road accident, and why. But road accidents as a whole are too varied, and some smaller concept is needed. The strategy here is to select some class of accidents that are similar, split the events of that class of accident into stages, and attempt...



Alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medications used by severely injured drivers, riders and pedestrians before and after the crash

This project was concerned with examining substance use both before and following involvement in road crashes causing serious injury. It was comprised of two data analysis studies, one on fatal crashes and one on hospital admission cases, a literature review on substance use by those with injury typ...



Fatal blunt chest trauma: An evaluation of rib fracture patterns and age

The following study was undertaken to determine if any specific occupant characteristics, crash factors, or associated injuries identified at autopsy could predict the occurrence or number of fractured ribs in adults. Data were accrued from the Traffic Accident Reporting System (TARS) and coronial a...



Causes of Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Occupants: An Overview

Injuries from motor vehicle collisions are frequently encountered in routine forensic practice. While the most common lethal events involve blunt force trauma with injuries to the head and neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and limbs, review of the literature and case files shows that a wide variety of ot...


CASR wins Road Safety Innovation Fund grants



CASR secures three life saving Road Safety Innovation Fund grants

A novel low-cost Safe-System-aligned treatment for regional and remote intersections
(Dr. Christopher Stokes and Dr Mario Mongiardini)