Accident - Technical defect

Accident - Technical defect

Examples of Accidents

Jun 2017

Sequence of events:
A motorcyclist was riding along a main road when he lost control of his motorcycle while taking a left- hand bend. Prior to this, the motorcyclist had not noticed that engine oil was leaking. While he was traveling along, some of the oil ended up on the rear wheel. This caused the tire to lose grip, causing the motorcycle to roll from side to side and then skid off the right-hand side of the road. The motorcycle collided with an obstacle, and the motorcyclist was thrown into the roadside ditch.

Vehicle:
Motorcycle

Consequences/injuries:
The motorcyclist was fatally injured.

Cause/problem:
A technical inspection revealed technical defects, severe enough to cause the accident, in the area of the engine block. A loose bolt and an incorrectly applied seal resulted in an oil leak. The oil ended up on the rear wheel.

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

  • Using suitable spare parts and ensuring that they are correctly fitted in a specialist workshop.
  • Conducting regular checks of the vehicle’s technical condition and ensuring that the vehicle is serviced regularly.
  • Visual inspection before setting off.