A crash involving a hayride in Guilford County on an October evening left a 10-year-old boy with a blood clot in his brain and two broken legs. The boy and five other children were thrown from a trailer after being hit from behind by a car. The 10-year-old was pinned between the car and the trailer.
The driver of the tractor pulling the trailer was charged for not having his lights on.
Rear-end collisions often involve serious impacts. In many cases, the driver in behind has not slowed down or tried to avoid the collision. This means the impact could be at full speed. Depending on the circumstances and the road, this could mean a 55MPH+ speed of impact. In other situations, a driver might fail to leave adequate space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, and their attempts to slow down might not be successful. As noted above, a number of factors contribute to rear-end collisions. The possibilities we covered don't take into account the possibility that another driver might be under the influence, texting while driving, fatigued, or speeding.
Hayrides this time of year are very popular. A smart practice is to avoid hayrides that travel on public roads. If you or a family member is about to participate on a hayride and you notice the vehicle has no lights, try to discourage them from taking the ride. In the hayride accident above, the tractor operator did not have the tractor lights on--which is a reminder to make every attempt to be seen. It may be helpful to remind the tractor operator of the dangers and insist they add lighting.
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