Why this website?
Thecrashes.org is firstly a database with traffic crashes. The purpose of this website is to gain insight how media are reporting on traffic crashes. Everybody can help by adding media articles about crashes to the database. Start by creating an account by clicking the profile button are the right top.
How to add a media article to this database?
- Register yourself.
- Click the + button in the top bar to add a new article.
- Copy a media article link/url about a crash and paste it into the Link (url) field and click "Fetch article". Our spider will try to download most data.
- Add the date of the crash (often different from the article date)
- Add each of the involved humans separately and specify their transportation mode, injury and characteristics. These fields are important for our statistics.
- Select "Save and stay open" to add multiple humans.
- Adding the location is optional, but often hard to trace from the article.
- A crash can only have one entry in our database, but you can add multiple articles to that crash. To add another media article to a crash, select the about the same crash are grouped. To add another article to an existing crash select the crash options button (triple vertical dots ⋮ at the right top) and select "Add article".
When is a person "injured"?
Someone is injured if he or she is taken to an hospital by an ambulance.
Are the statistics you are showing accurate?
Not really, but we are trying and you can help. The data is harvested from media articles. It becomes more accurate as more articles are added and we accurately tag the involved humans. However it will always just show rough trends. Location data is also hard quite to get accurately.
We remove duplicates, but that sometimes takes some time. Again, help us if you can. Our statistics show a live overview of the data, showing for example who killed who.
Who is running this site?
thecrashes.org started as a spin-off from a journalistic project about traffic victims by journalist Thalia Verkade and professor in Urban Mobility Futures Marco te Brömmelstroet on the online newspaper De Correspondent. The administrators of this website are journalist Thalia Verkade and programmer Jan Derk Stegeman.
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