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Accident - Safety vehicle

Sep 2017

Examples of accidents & crash tests

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.

Trailer truck Tipper truck with warning sign trailer

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

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.

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