Car collides with tractor

Jun 2018

Examples of accidents & crash tests

Sequence of events:
On a rural road, a car driver overtook a slow-moving articulated truck. A tractor was driving directly in front of the articulated truck.The tractor driver turned left onto a dirt track when the overtaking car was just behind the tractor, resulting in both vehicles colliding in the lane of oncoming traffic. After colliding with the car, the tractor was thrown onto its side and rolled over. The car came to a stop in the lane of oncoming traffic.

Vehicles:
Tractor with implement (fertilizer spreader), car, articulated truck

Consequences/injuries:
The passenger in the car was killed in the accident. The car and tractor drivers suffered serious injuries.

Cause/problem:The articulated truck significantly hindered the car driver’s view of the tractor and the tractor driver’s view of the car. Due to the high di?erential speed during an overtaking maneuver, the car was likely still in its original lane as the tractor driver started to turn the tractor.

Avoidance measures, mitigation of consequences/ strategy for road safety measures:
This accident could have been avoided had the car driver fully and accurately assessed the traffic situation prior to overtaking, started the overtaking maneuver at an appropriate speed and aborted the maneuver as soon as he had seen the tractor. The accident would have been avoidable had both drivers been more attentive.

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