What caused a fatal accident?
Several years ago, there was a fatal road accident not far from my village. A lady motorcyclist descended a very short, but very steep, hill (about 11%) that ended in a T junction. Sadly, she failed to stop at the T junction and suffered a fatal side-on collision with another vehicle. In spring each year, the spot is marked by flowering daffodils on the verge, and each year I ponder on the circumstances of that accident. What really caused it to happen?
This short post is really a note to self: I must report a possible contributing factor to that accident.
I have no proof that it was, but it is certainly worth mentioning as a ‘just in case’ piece of evidence. Agden Hill is one of those climbs that I tackle several times a month, and occasionally I will return home on a route where I have to descend it. The descent is only about 200 metres, but the incline is such that you can gather speed very quickly, negotiate a sharp left-hand bend and suddenly……find yourself on top of the T junction. For anyone who is descending it for the first time, the sign warning
of the invisible T junction is much too late and (when the hedgerow is lush with foliage) is hidden from view anyway.
A mere 80 yards (74 metres) from the junction, motorists are given their first warning of the danger. If they can see the sign, they may be going too fast anyway to make a safe stop. If they don’t see the sign (and that is likely throughout the summer months), the chances of overshooting the T junction are entirely feasible. The big question on my mind: did the lady see that warning sign in time?
Note to self: I must report my concern to the local highways authority!