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    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor guide: How safe are ‘Demolition Derby’ events?


    The purpose of a demolition derby is one thing, to basically demolish your opponents by causing lots of car crash accidents or car collisions. Due to this, a demolition derby cannot be truly safe but there are certain things they do in order to reduce driver injuries.

    What type of car collisions occur at a derby?

    The answer is simple, any collision or impact that the driver can get away with, without smashing his own vehicle up. This could be a car collision from the side, up the back, even head on. This type of event is the place you will see the most car crashes in any one time. However, purposely crashing into the driver’s door can be grounds for disqualification as can rolling a car.

    How do they make these safer?

    The demolition derby to some extent cannot be controlled. However, there are certain things the organisers can do in order to reduce driver injury claims. Firstly, they have marshals on site to monitor the event and to step in if needs be. As well as this the cars used are slightly modified, this could include a roll bar or extra reinforcement to the chassis. You also often see the drivers wearing helmets to help reduce the damage they sustain and lower the chance of a serious driver injury claim.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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