Child disregards right-of-way rules

May 2019

Examples of accidents & crash tests

Obscured view makes things worse

Sequence of events:
A driver was driving a car in a residential area on a road with right of way. An 8-year-old child on a bicycle coming from the right side of an intersection from the driver's perspective wanted to get to the opposite side of the road. there was a collision between the front end of the car and the cyclist.

Persons involved in the accident:
Driver of a car and child on a bicycle Consequences/injuries: The child was thrown from the bicycle and seriously injured by the collision.

Cause/problem:
The child disregarded the right of way of the car. The driver of the car could not detect the child in time because of several objects obstructing his view (parked cars and electrical cabinet). According to witness statements, the child was riding very fast.

Avoidance measures, mitigation of consequences / strategy for road safety measures:
The driver of the car could have prevented the accident only if he had previously selected an actual speed of no more than 42 km/h. An automated emergency braking system would have significantly reduced the collision speed even from 50 km/h. On the part of the child, the accident could have been avoided if he had followed the traffic rules and granted the car the right of way. A special safety flag on a flexible pole designed for children's bicycles and bicycle trailers could have made the bicycle visible earlier, because the flag would have protruded beyond the obstacles blocking the view.

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