Driving on Indian roads poses numerous challenges, as evidenced by several online videos. Sometimes, individuals find themselves involved in accidents despite not being at fault. When traveling on highways, there is a constant risk of encountering stray animals, such as cattle or dogs, freely wandering on the road. In mountainous areas, there is always the possibility of encountering overconfident drivers attempting dangerous overtaking maneuvers on blind curves. The following video illustrates an incident where a Mahindra Thar SUV rear-ended a Scorpio N after a motorcyclist abruptly stopped in front of the SUV.
The video, uploaded by The Tourer Family on their YouTube channel, features a vlogger and his family who were traveling in their Scorpio N. They were on a road trip to Ladakh and happened to encounter a motorcyclist with a child riding pillion while traversing the Spiti Valley. After negotiating a curve, the motorcyclist unexpectedly spotted police officers conducting vehicle checks.
To evade the officers, the motorcyclist suddenly came to a halt in the middle of the road, with the Scorpio N directly behind them. The vlogger had limited time to react, but they managed to bring their vehicle to a stop. However, the Mahindra Thar, which was being driven by a local resident, failed to stop in time and collided with the rear bumper of the Scorpio N.
The impact resulted in damage to the front bumper and grille of the Mahindra Thar. Additionally, the Scorpio N sustained damage to its front grille when it struck the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist’s taillamp was also damaged. After stopping in the middle of the road, the motorcyclist instructed the pillion passenger, who was not wearing a helmet, to disembark. Occupants from both vehicles exited their respective cars and prevented the motorcyclist from fleeing. The police arrived at the scene, and the vlogger provided them with a detailed explanation of the incident, mentioning that the entire event had been captured on their dashboard camera.
The video highlights the build quality of both vehicles. The damage sustained by the Mahindra Thar was limited to its plastic bumper and grille, while the Scorpio N suffered a minor dent on the tailgate, along with scratches and some damage to the rear bumper. The police issued a citation to the motorcyclist for reckless riding.
The vlogger will need to have the SUV repaired at an authorized service center. Fortunately, the dash camera footage serves as valuable evidence for insurance claims. This incident underscores the importance of having a dash camera in a vehicle and emphasizes the need for cautious driving on mountainous roads. The vlogger stresses in the video that had they not applied the brakes, the motorcyclist would have sustained severe injuries in this accident. The vlogger can be heard saying in the video that initially the Thar owner’s behaviour was good but when they met him at a service centre, they were very rude and this was not something they expected from the locals.