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publié le 25 février 2020

On 17 August 2015 at 08:42, a truck was stopped at rue de Douai (9th district of Paris) at a red traffic light at the crossroads between rue de Douai and rue de Bruxelles. It started up again when the lights turned green and turned right to take the rue de Bruxelles, hit a cyclist on its right front side.
The cyclist, who was cycling in the same direction as the truck and continued straight ahead, fell to the ground on the impact and found himself under the wheels of the truck, which stopped in the middle of the crossroads.

The main cause of this accident was that the cyclist had not been visible to the driver of the truck.
The driver had not noticed the presence of the cyclist before or during turning, either because he did not check his blind spots during his right-turn manoeuvre, or because the mirrors on his truck were poorly adjusted.
The cyclist also had not anticipated the truck’s right-hand turn.
Another factor in the accident was the cyclist and the truck’s almost simultaneous departure on the green light, causing the cyclist to be hit almost immediately by the truck when it started its right turn.

Accordingly, the BEA-TT makes the following recommendations relating to :

  • driver awareness of the risks associated with blind spots ;
  • improvement of lateral vision from the driving position ;
  • the layout of the bike advanced stop line at the foot of the traffic lights ;
  • awareness of cyclists about their vulnerability.

In addition, BEA-TT invites the DGEC, the truck manufacturers and the equipment manufacturers to encourage, promote and develop anti-blind spot systems for heavy goods vehicles, such as active detection systems for truck drivers (like sensors with visual and audible warning signals detecting the presence of vulnerable users) and warning systems for vulnerable users (a type of audible warning signal, for example when the driver of a heavyweight vehicle puts on their right indicator).
For example, an active driver assistance system such as the Blind Spot Information System, which was submitted by Germany in 2017 as a draft UNECE regulation, could fulfil the driver information function for blind spots.