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Fatal G-Wiz Crash: Victim Was On Phone, Not Using Seatbelt

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We brought you news last year of a horrific accident, in which a woman was killed when her G-Wiz neighborhood electric vehicle, a model not sold in the United States, was struck by another vehicle.

An inquest into the accident has now ended and the verdict has been given as accidental death.

Last November the G-Wiz of scientist Judit Nadal was struck by a Skoda Octavia as she pulled out onto a main road. Mrs Nadal was thrown clear of the car as it split in two and died instantly.

Mrs Nadal's husband revealed at the inquest that his wife had been on the phone to him seconds before the impact, saying "I think I have made a mistake" as she pulled out in front of the other car, driven by Romanian Marcel Jorja. Mr Nadal also confirmed that his wife often didn't wear a seatbelt as she found it uncomfortable.

The inquest found that the G-Wiz provided no protection in the accident, and Mr Nadal believes that even had his wife been wearing her seatbelt the outcome would have been no different. "The G-Wiz is clearly a vehicle designed to be driven safely. It does not take much to cause it to disintegrate," he said. He felt no animosity towards Mr Jorja, who had done everything he could to avoid the accident.

The tragic accident highlights the importance of making use of a vehicle's seatbelt and the potential distraction of using a mobile phone when driving, but it's again a warning that Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) such as the G-Wiz must be driven with even greater care than usual as they are not designed to the same safety regulations as normal vehicles.

In the United States there are heavier restrictions on their use than in the U.K, with NEVs limited to 25 miles per hour in suburbs with speed limits of less than 35 mph. Also in contrast to the U.K, NEVs are required to be crash tested at their 25 mph speed limit. As such, the risks for NEV users are lower than their counterparts in the U.K, where there are fewer restrictions on the cars being driven on faster roads.

A spokeswoman for U.K. G-Wiz importer GoinGreen said "It has an exemplary safety record", and claims the case is the first serious accident involving a G-Wiz.

[London Evening Standard]

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  1. The title of this article suggests that not wearing her seatbelt had something to do with the cause of Miss Nadal's death. look at the picture:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323012/Top-scientist-killed-G-Wiz-electric-car-horror-smash.html

    Clearly all the seatbelts in the world couldn't have saved this poor woman.
     
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  2. It certainly wasn't my intention to suggest the seatbelt would have helped, as the article points out - the structure of the car was certainly no protection at all. The title just reiterates the two main points to have come from the inquest.
     
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  3. Quote: "The tragic accident highlights the importance of making use of a vehicle's seatbelt". I'm sorry, but together with the suggestive title people could end up with the idea that not wearing the seatbelt had anything to do with the tragic outcome of this accident.
     
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  4. The recommendation to wear a seatbelt is relevant to any accident, regardless of the vehicle you're in. Along with avoiding using a phone whilst driving, it's no more than a safety tip. For anyone reading the entire article, I should think it's fairly clear as to the relative factors contributing to the fatality.

    "The inquest found that the G-Wiz provided no protection in the accident, and Mr Nadal believes that even had his wife been wearing her seatbelt the outcome would have been no different."
     
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  5. Right the article is excellent but the title is not the best. The article rightly points out the weaknesses in both the car (NEV) and the driver. Both are clearly important.

    Thanks for the followup on this issue. Great to hear the outcome of this unfortunate event.
     
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  6. In a world where heavy cars are often driven by those less attentive and skilled than we'd perhaps like, the drivers of comparatively diminutive vehicles (NEVs, motorcycles and scooters, even smaller classic cars with fewer safety features, like the original Mini) have a duty to themselves to drive both attentively and defensively. Sad to say that Ms. Nadal appears to have been deficient in both respects.
     
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