Blind spot crashes

Crashes involving lorries turning right and cyclists going straight ahead usually have very serious consequences for the cyclist. The cyclist, who has right of way, is often overlooked by the lorry driver. For his part, the cyclist is often unaware that the lorry driver has not seen him or that the driver wants to turn right. Despite a variety of measures, this type of blind spot crash continues to occur. Each year they still cause approximately ten fatalities. This number could be reduced in the long term by banning heavy goods vehicles from town centres. In the short term, possible measures are: more information about the blind spot in the driver training and permanent public information for cyclists about how to behave in blind spot situations: the ‘code of behaviour’. More research into the (far-reaching) separation of heavy freight traffic and cyclists in the long term is necessary, as well as into reliable detection systems to support the lorry driver in his driving task.


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  • Accession Number: 01481764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 21 2013 10:55AM