Accidents are a frequent sight on the Noida Expressway, and one such accident occurred on 8 July, in the evening. Footage of the fatal accident recorded by a closed circuit camera soon emerged and went viral, with almost all media houses displaying the footage.
The fact that a Lamborghini was involved in the accident contributed to how the video spread like wildfire. A Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire acted as the catalyst to the accident when it swerved to the left and crashed into the Lamborghini, making the Lamborghini pull left, and in turn causing a Maruti Suzuki Eeco cargo van to lose control and topple, landing in a pit.
India has seen an influx of exotic supercars over the last few years. However, these cars are still a rarity on our roads, and they sometimes cause people to get over-excited or sometimes even anger people. We feel the driver of the Swift Dzire was taken over with one of these two emotions when he tried to overtake the Lamborghini Huracan.
In the video, it is very clear that the Swift Dzire swerved left all of a sudden, causing the accident. Even though the driver has been arrested, it has not yet emerged whether he did that on purpose, or did he actually lose control, and at this point, we can only speculate.
Since the accident took place on an expressway, it is safe to assume that all the cars would have been travelling at a speed above way above 80 km/h. If it was (we think it was) the intention of the Swift Dzire's driver to satisfy his ego in overtaking the Lamborghini Huracan, it turned out, his perception of speed and acceleration was wrong.
Most media houses and eye-witnesses blaming the Lamborghini driver for overspeeding and rash driving too are proven wrong once the situation is analysed. The Lamborghini Huracan is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and, can achieve a top speed of 322 km/h. The Swift Dzire takes nearly 13 seconds to do 0-100 km/h and top speed is in the range of around 170 km/h.
The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is much slower than even the Swift Dzire. So, was the Lamborghini really being driven fast? These figures prove that it was not going fast, and the Lamborghini Huracan was the only car here properly being driven in its lane. The Swift swerved left, and the Eeco had its wheels in two lanes.
Upon closely inspecting the video, one would find that the Swift Dzire driver turned left intentionally, and not after losing mechanical control, as after the accident, he immediately drove off in a sane manner, proving that the steering and braking systems on his car were perfectly fine.
Further analysis of the video in slow-mo reveals that the Lamborghini Driver kept his sanity and braked upon seeing the Swift Dzire swerving into his lane. Even though the brake lamps are not very clear in the video, this is obvious, as the Eeco suddenly became faster than the Lamborghini.
A 73bhp van suddenly becoming faster than a 602bhp supercar is only possible if the supercar brakes hard. Other than braking, the Lamborghini driver swerved to the left in order to avoid the incoming Swift Dzire. However, the Eeco's brakes were no match for that of the Lamborghini, and the Eeco too swerved left to avoid crashing into the Lamborghini.
The Eeco is a tall vehicle with a high centre of gravity, which is not very good for hard cornering - exactly what the driver was asking the car to do when he turned left. As a result of this, the car toppled and crashed. The driver of the Eeco, 28-year-old Arshad Ahmed was pronounced dead when he was brought to the hospital.
The Lamborghini drove off after the accident, and Police are still looking for its driver. It is understandable that he drove off after the incident, as in the past, mobs have destroyed expensive cars involved in accidents, even if it isn't their fault. But as a responsible driver, he should have reported to the police later after parking the Huracan in a safe place.
The incident also proved to be a close shave for the motorcycle rider seen riding on the extreme left side of the expressway.
With supercars being rare in India, we often find over-excited or jealous drivers trying to get past or sometimes even try to intimidate them. The Swift Dzire seems to be one such example and is at fault here, causing damage to the Lamborghini Huracan (expensive!), and in turn causing the Eeco to roll over, killing one in the process.
The primary cause for all this damage is lane indiscipline. If the Swift Dzire had not swerved off its lane, it wouldn't have caused the Lamborghini to swerve off its lane. If the Eeco was being driven within one lane, the Lamborghini's sudden left too wouldn't have caused the Eeco to take the hard left and roll over, and Arshad might have been alive today.