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German couple killed on motorcycle at Cha-Am U-turn

 

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CHAI-AM: -- An elderly German husband and wife were killed instantly at a U-turn on the Petchkasem Road in Cha-Am yesterday. Their motorbike collided with a Bangkok bound car.

 

The accident happened at the U-turn by Cha-Am granite, reported Thairath.

 

Dead at the scene were Helmut Schmidt,74 and his 64 year old wife Anna.

 

Their Honda Click was found fifty meters further down the road. They were involved in a collision with a Honda Jazz driven by Sommai Thianthat, 30, who said he was on his way to Bangkok with his girlfriend. They were both unhurt.

 

He said that the motorcycle came into the path of his car and he was unable to brake in time.

 

He submitted his dash cam footage to Cha-Am police as evidence of what had happened.

 

The dead couple were taken to Cha-Am hospital for autopsy.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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Death and loss of lives on roads is a scrooge of daily driving, you can minimize

is but impossible to avoid it and in particular with the proliferations of cars

and drivers on ever crowded and shrinking driving space.....

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What a tragic loss r.i.p.

It is not how you drive here, that is the problem, it is how others drive.

Ok show police your dashcam video, but 1 think it dosent show is how fast you were going at the time.

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1 hour ago, Get Real said:

The question is how many 74 year olds that are driving a motorcycle in their home country, and how many of those that are out on the big roads making a u-turn.
I am not blaming anybody, and off course it´s another very sad story with a bad outcome. The thing is though, that people seem to believe that they are invincible when they choose to go to or stay in Thailand.

people seem to believe that they are invincible [your referring to WHO]  when they choose to go or stay in thailand,say's you.

you need to GET REAL with a NEW BRAIN.

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1 hour ago, colinneil said:

What a tragic loss r.i.p.

It is not how you drive here, that is the problem, it is how others drive.

Ok show police your dashcam video, but 1 think it dosent show is how fast you were going at the time.

I don't dare to speak out for the level of knowledge of the Thai Police officers.
But the speed of a vehicle can be very accurate deducted from a dashcam footage by taking a reference distance (eg,: 2 light poles) and measure the time to do this traject.

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2 hours ago, meatboy said:

U-TURNS absolute death traps, you can wait to do a turn and what do you get a thai driver pulls up on your left blocking any view of traffic approaching.

RIP.

Then wait it's your life thats at stake,  and it's not worth much as you are only a tourist, also if you survive an accident you will be left with major financial problems, lest you have insurance

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Looks like a built up area, no doubt the Honda Jazz driver was speeding. Thais! No perception of what might happen, always what won't happen.

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2 minutes ago, Krataiboy said:

One practical way to cut the carnage would be to reduce the number of U-turns, build more flyovers and introduce some roundabouts.

 

It would be interesting to know the percentage of accidents involving U-turns, where Thai drivers routinely take up positions which block one another's view of approaching traffic - often with disastrous results.

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RIP. More Tourist death in Thailand, daily occurrence unfortunately.

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5 hours ago, jerojero said:

U turns dangerous. Motorbikes high risk vehicles. Old guys driving, higher risk. Us oldies need to realize our aging limitations in motor skills, hearing, eyesight and driving skills! RIP to the couple.

 

 

I'm not saying this was the case, but I've seen many people (of all ages) that shouldn't be driving scooters/motorcycles, renting and driving them in Thailand. I'm positive the vast majority don't have motorcycle licences in their home country... so any insurance is void. They wouldn't think of driving without the proper licence in their home country, but do in Thailand; and, seem to think they magically acquire the skills necessary to safely operate a scooter/motorcycle by buying a plane ticket.

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1 minute ago, FitnessHealthTravel said:

$$$

Well, just think of the cost of NOT doing anything, not merely in terms of the impact on thousands of Thai families (and remember that losing a breadwinner creates ongoing financial problems as well as emotional trauma) but also in terms of providing the services (police, fire, ambulance, hospitals, etc) for the mopping up operations.

 

The money is there The government is spending trillions on grandiose transport schemes which will have little impact on Thailand's road deaths and injuries (the second highest in the world per head of population) - not to mention three Chinese submarines costing 36 billion baht.

 

All that is needed is change in priorities.

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