Accident - Head-on collision following overtaking maneuver

Accident - Head-on collision following overtaking maneuver

Accident examples

Apr 2016

Sequence of events
On a rural road, the driver of a Mitsubishi Pajero overtook another car. Although the overtaking maneuver was in fact completed in time, the driver of an oncoming Renault Twingo thought she had seen a hazard and so braked hard. She also moved across to the left lane, where her Renault collided head-on with the Mitsubishi, which was pulling back into the correct lane. The Mitsubishi subsequently caught fire.

Vehicles (passenger cars)
Mitsubishi Pajero (105 km/h)
Renault Twingo (13 km/h)

Consequences/injuries
Passenger in the Renault (19 years old) killed; driver (18 years old) seriously injured.
Driver of the Mitsubishi (55 years old) and passenger (30 years old) seriously injured.

Avoidance measures, mitigation of consequences/
strategy for road safety measures

Had she had more driving experience, the young Renault driver would probably have reacted in a more appropriate manner. Multi-stage driver training with a supervised driving element might have helped to prevent this accident.