According to the recent study conducted by MoRTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways), over 70 percent accidents take place purely because of human error which leads to serious injuries or in some cases, death. In a recent incident, a Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire was allegedly racing with a Lamborghini on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway near sector 135 which eventually turned to road rage. The driver of the Swift Dzire, Mohnish Khan swerved straight into the Lamborghini and according to the video, there wasn't any need for the driver of the Swift Dzire to change lanes quickly as the road ahead of him was empty. Due to the sudden maneuver of the Swift Dzire, the driver in the Lamborghini also swerved to his left unaware of the Maruti Eeco that was close to the supercar. This led to the Maruti Eeco losing balance thereby toppling a couple of times and finally ending up at the boundary of the highway. The driver of the Maruti Eeco, Arshad Ahmad, a resident of Mandawali, Delhi was rushed to Jaypee Hospital in Sector 128, but, succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital. According to Times Now, driver of the Lamborghini fled the spot while the driver of the Swift Dzire which also went out of control hitting the divider was also arrested. Vedpal Pundir, SHO, Expressway police station told the Times of India, “We are trying to verify whether the Lamborghini too made an error. Its driver has not been identified so far and we will see if the person is guilty.”
Video: Accident involving a Lamborghini, Maruti Eeco and Swift Dzire leaves 1 dead
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Supercars such as the Lamborghini that was involved in the high-speed crash attract a lot of attention whether driving in the city or on a highway. Such cars have massive performance figures and are very responsive compared to normal mass-market cars like the Swift Dzire. Most of the times, the attraction towards such cars which can gain or lose speed very quickly entail people to follow them without realising the fact that their car isn't meant for that high a speed. In the CCTV footage, although the speed is unclear, it still seems to be an act of road rage which led to the death of the Maruti Suzuki Eeco driver.
This is not the first instance on this dreaded highway where someone has lost his/her life due to the mistake of another road user. In the past, a Sharda University student died in an accident on the expressway near sector 144 where a Ford EcoSport and a different Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire were involved according to a report in Hindustan Times. While the road infrastructure is evolving at a fast pace along with the top speed of cars also increasing, the awareness for safety is extremely low. Most of the accidents that take place on highways lead to extremely serious injuries and in a considerable number of cases, death. Having a good road infrastructure as well as fast cars is a great idea, but the responsibility involved with such vehicles while driving also needs to be inculcated in drivers.
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