Speeding Audi A8 T-Bones Hummer Limo, Both Drivers At Fault?

Despite the Audi having the right of way, had it not been speeding, the Hummer might have had time to clear the intersection.

That’s not to say that whoever was behind the wheel of that old A8 was more to blame than the limo driver. The latter should have paid more attention, without assuming that any incoming traffic would stick to the speed limit.

However, it almost seems as though the driver of the Audi didn’t brake as hard as they could/should have once they noticed the Hummer poking its nose where it didn’t belong.

This crash is a perfect example of why people should slow down at intersections, even if they have the right of way, have a green light and even if they’re not speeding. You never know who’s out there not paying attention.

As for the impact itself, we could call it moderate. Let’s hope the person driving the Audi was wearing a seat belt.

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  • Comp1

    Rules haven’t changed…. Left turn always yields no matter what unless you have a green arrow and then you still have to watch out for morons who run red lights. We need full autonomy ASAP!!

    • xDRAN0x

      Yes for part one, no for part two.

      • Comp1

        Try proving to police that your left turn arrow was green and that car ran a red light (when no one was looking). Unless you have a dash cam with video footage you are at blame. it sucks but that’s how it is.

        • Nick099

          Nope, it depends. Usually the investigator will leave it at “unable to determine fault.”
          Then it’s an insurance issue. There are also a lot of cameras to check nowadays.

          Yielding your control to a machine and software to give you the illusion of safety is not the best decision. The article says it best; you may have the right of way, but slow down and verify before you proceed.

    • Status

      Yes for part one, yes for part two.

    • LeStori

      The only true rights you have on the road is the right to proceed only when it is safe to do so irrespective of any traffic signals. A green light , for example, means proceed with caution when safe to do so. It does not mean you will proceed accident or collision free.

      • Nick099

        Right, and anyone who thinks that autonomous software is the answer to their safety concerns…well I have a bridge to sell them.

        • Status

          You shouldn’t be trusting humans to make choices when it comes it road safety. Just look at the video above. They couldn’t communicate with each other, and both think they had the right of way.

          V2V technology wouldn’t let that happen as the conflict would be detected and resolved long before the cars got to the intersection. No human has that ability to coordinate and mitigate their actions with other drivers behind the wheel.

          It’s not a bridge you should be selling. It should be your manually operated car. Sell it to a sucker who still thinks computers are just a ‘fad’.

    • Vassilis

      We need people to actually learn how to drive.

  • Bash

    For some unknown reason I’m thinking Iron-man VS Iron-heart. it doesn’t make sense, but still!!
    But seriously the Audi driver should have stopped!!

  • robotlogic

    The Hummer failed to yield the right of way. What if the Audi was an undercover police car on the way to a kid napping? If you are not a good judge of speed and distance you have no business driving a limo!

    • brn

      Agreed. The Hummer was barely moving, when it was obvious the Audi was very close and very fast. Not only did the Audi have the right away, the Hummer was in a better position to avoid the accident.

    • Nick099

      The police have to travel only as fast as condition and safety permit.
      U/C cops would not be (or should not be) heading to a call at a high speed. That is just stupid.

      • robotlogic

        An officer down call sends everyone rushing as full speed including UC cars.

  • M

    It’s in Poland, not in Russia.

    • ChrisInIL

      da…I mean…tak.

  • jsz00

    Uh no, it’s the Hummer’s fault. We’re all taught defensive driving and the Hummer’s driver misjudged by the length of his vehicle and how fast the Audi is going. I’m surprised how many people or kids here don’t know anything about traffic laws including the author.

    • paulgdeaton

      …and too bad the Hummer remained in one piece. Getting one more of those monstrosities off the road would have brought some measure of kudos to the Audi driver.

  • Harry_Wild

    Audi is at fault since it is a smaller vehicle. Always yield to a bigger vehicle unless you are drunk or on drugs. That the rules of the road!

    • LeStori

      A vehicle is most vulnerable in a side collision. I have seen cars essentially cut in half when another car has hit it in the side. Turn across traffic at your risk whether in a small or large vehicle.

      As for your rules of the road. The rule of the road is that you are never entitled to have an collision only an accident. The above is a collision and was definitely no accident.

      • europeon

        Or big trucks rolled over by side impacts with sub-compact cars.

    • brn

      Harry, those are the rules of the water, not of the road.

      Disclaimer: I don’t know much about the rules of the water, so anyone disagreeing with me is probably correct.

  • BlackPegasus

    Hummer Limo driver clearly at fault here.

  • YUGE

    I LOVE MY ADBLOCKER AND I DON’T CARE IF YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR BILLS.

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