Dr. Blower is an associate research scientist in UMTRI's Vehicle Safety Analysis Group. He has extensive experience with all the primary national crash data files, and many state crash data files. Medium and heavy trucks have been a primary research emphasis, but he has also directed projects on traffic safety issues related to light vehicles.
Dr. Blower's primary area of research is traffic crash causation. His past projects include investigating the crash experience of younger truck drivers, researching the role of passenger car drivers and truck drivers in truck-car fatal crashes, developing an event tree for heavy truck accidents, determining events leading to sport utility rollover, developing statistical models relating vehicle configuration and operating environment to the probability of accident involvement, and relating truck design attributes (such as rollover threshold) to involvement in related accident types.