Accident - Safety vehicle

Accident - Safety vehicle

Examples of Accidents

Jun 2017

Sequence of events:
The driver of a trailer truck was driving along the highway in the right-hand lane, but failed to react in time to a traffic guidance trailer that had been put in position by the highway maintenance authorities and was easily visible from a distance. The trailer truck crashed into the guidance trailer. The truck was deflected to the left and crossed the middle and left-hand lane. The central crash barrier prevented the trailer truck from ending up on the wrong side of the highway.

Vehicles:
Trailer truck Tipper truck with warning sign trailer

Consequences/injuries:
The driver of the trailer truck died from his injuries at the scene.

Cause/problem:
Unknown; the vehicle showed no signs of relevant technical defects.

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

  • Drivers must ensure that they concentrate on the road and traffic.
  • High-performance emergency braking systems in the truck could help to prevent such accidents entirely or at least significantly mitigate the effects of an accident.
  • Deformation elements on warning sign trailers absorb a huge proportion of the energy introduced, thereby protecting the occupants of the impacting vehicles as well as any persons in the secured area.