Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor 1

Pushkin Kachroo, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Venkatesan Muthukumar

Second Committee Member

Rama Venkat,

Graduate Faculty Representative

Kazem Taghva

Number of Pages



Freeway incidents are associated with different impacts such as traffic congestion, delays, fuel consumption, secondary incidents etc. Secondary incidents are caused due to primary incidents and require the same personnel who are already engaged. This thesis studies various impacts caused by primary incident in space and time occurring on the freeways and these results are applied to identify secondary incidents. Three types of impacts are identified and proposed in this study. Dynamic nature of queue length in the direction of accident is studied. Dynamic nature of congestion in the opposite direction of the freeway till the accident is cleared is also studied. Dynamic nature of movement of distraction point on the opposite side of the freeway as the queue gets cleared in accident direction is studied. Finally, simulations are carried out by using Las Vegas freeway traffic volumes to show the effect of these impacts in Las Vegas region. The simulation results are applied to real time data to identify secondary incidents.


Car crashes; Drive delays; Freeways; Fuel consumption; Highways; Incident management program; Las Vegas Valley; Nevada; Rubber necking; Traffic accidents; Traffic congestion; Traffic jams; Traffic incidents; Traffic simulations; Transportation


Electrical and Computer Engineering

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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