V13. Direction of Travel Before Crash

Definition:

The direction of a motor vehicle’s travel on the roadway before the crash. Notice that this is not a compass direction, but a direction consistent with the designated direction of the road. For example, the direction of a State-designated North-South highway must be either northbound or southbound even though a motor vehicle may have been traveling due east as a result of a short segment of the highway having an east-west orientation.

Element Attributes:
Coding Example

Example 1
Example 2

Northbound
Southbound
Eastbound
Westbound
Not on Roadway
Unknown

Rationale:

Important to indicate direction the motor vehicle was traveling before the crash for evaluation purposes.