It has happened again! It was the start of this work week when a lorry rammed into the back of a yellow Myvi, pushing it into a few cars waiting at the traffic lights at Jalan Ipoh. Yesterday afternoon, a lorry slammed into seven cars, also waiting at the traffic lights.

The Thursday 4.30 pm incident happened at Persiaran Bukit Rahman Putra 1, Sungai Buloh. According to Sungai Buloh district police chief Shafa’aton Abu Bakar, reported by Sinar Harian, it’s a downhill stretch in the township heading towards Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, and weather was good.

It is believed that the sand-carrying lorry had brake problems, and the 35-year-old driver failed to control his machine – basically, he was left with no choice. The good news is that no injuries were reported, just damaged cars. Investigations are ongoing.

We haven’t seen dashcam footage of this accident, but the details are shockingly similar to the Lorry vs Myvi episode from Monday – typical tipper truck serving construction sites, multiple sitting ducks at traffic lights, possible brake failure and fortunately, no serious injuries. The cops are yet to reveal toxicology test results for this one, but the lorry driver in Monday’s incident was positive for methamphetamine.

On Monday, a lorry sandwiched a Myvi into a group of stationary cars at Jalan Ipoh

These kind of accidents are really scary, because you just don’t know what’s coming, literally. As we’ve discussed, cars aren’t designed to be rear ended at high speeds – vehicle safety has improved greatly over the years, but carmakers focus on front and side crash performance, which are more common. Rear safety tech is limited to low speed fender bender avoidance. Hatchbacks and seven-seater MPVs/SUVs have no buffer and crumple zone.

What’s causing all these accidents involving big commercial vehicles? It’s lorry season now but don’t forget bus accidents – those pop up frequently, and with many passengers onboard, there are usually injuries or fatalities. Driver fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs and brake failure are commonly cited reasons. What do we need to tackle this problem – more regulations for CVs, more rules for drivers, stiffer punishment, better enforcement or a combination of those?

We’ve elaborated on the existing laws for man and machine to find that regulations may not be the problem – join the discussion here.