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Old 6th March 2009, 17:35   #46
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Its a horrible crash. The truck driver instead of helping ran away from the spot fearing police harassement. Probably we also need to dig more about the driver in what situation he was in (maybe drunk). I usually feel people visiting farmhouse and that to bachelors usually will get drunk. This might also be the case. The Police has not mentioned anything in this angle. But we also have to think that this can also be the possiblility.
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Its a horrible crash. The truck driver instead of helping ran away from the spot fearing police harassement. Probably we also need to dig more about the driver in what situation he was in (maybe drunk). I usually feel people visiting farmhouse and that to bachelors usually will get drunk. This might also be the case. The Police has not mentioned anything in this angle. But we also have to think that this can also be the possiblility.

Correct.
Those in Accent were influential people, one was son of Police officer. Yes, the truck driver never knew this, but generally, the impression is such that the truck driver will be caught, and if he is lucky he will be beaten up by mob and handed over to police who would leave no stone unturned to trouble those poor guy and his family members.
Or the mob would take the law in their own hands.

This is horrible state of law in India.
In this case, police would, under pressure, file a case against the truck driver like this :
1) Fatigue had set in, so he ran over a car.
2) He was not comfortable in cabin, became sleepy, so he ran over the car
3)The driver never knew how to drive, so he ran over the car.

I think that the car driver must be charged for driving like hell. All the charges for repairing the truck must be paid by the car's insurance company.
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Old 6th March 2009, 18:11   #48
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Poor guys. May their souls Rest in Peace!
All comments so far were regarding the truck driver not braking to allow that Accent to pass, or regarding the Accent mis-calculating the overtaking manoeuvre.
There is a third angle too---the vehicle being overtaken might not have slowed down. This happens sometimes.
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Well, the guy probably ran away fearing a beating by the mob. Sab haath saaf kar lete hain in such situations.
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Old 6th March 2009, 19:05   #50
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The problem is that the truck's front end is very high. Usually any car specially the low set car's A-pillar starting point is at the level of truck's front end. So in case of a crash, the crumple zones are not brought into play.
Add to that the very rigid chassis of truck that are not designed to absorb any sort of impact energy.

If, lets say that the accident took place with Civic or Accord, there were chances of the Accent's occupants surviving. Both the vehicles involved in the crash would have impact absorbing design and the crumple zones would be there to do their job.
Very true Sir.

Most highway bound trucks in the West have bodywork that prevents lower vehicles from nosing in. Whereas in our country, the trucks actually have a 'head on' collision only with Amby's, MUVs, and Jeeps.

Passenger safety has ensured that new age cars are low slung to begin with. (see related thread on our forum https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techn...bout-cars.html). Now, shouldn't trucks follow suit?
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Most highway bound trucks in the West have bodywork that prevents lower vehicles from nosing in.
According to law they need to have these body work parts. In fact they are provided by the manufacturer with every new truck. But they are removed by the truck owners to lower the weight of the weight so that they can overload the truck.
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