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Dash cam video divides the internet as driver makes ill-fated attempt to push into a lane – but who do YOU think was in the wrong?
- Dash cam of collision on Sydney’s Hume Highway sparks divided opinion
- Gold Volkswagen was captured crossing two lanes to merge into the left lane
- Tarago sped up to stop Volkswagen getting in front as the cars make contact
A debate has raged online over which driver was responsible for a prang on one of Sydney’s busiest roads.
Opinion is divided over a dash cam video that captured a Volkswagen driver’s costly attempt to push into a lane in front of a Tarago station wagon.
Footage captured on the Hume Highway at Yagoona in Sydney’s southwest this week shows the gold VW in the far right lane crossing two lanes and indicates to signal their intention to merge into the left lane.
An approaching black station wagon in the left lane speeds up to stop the VW from getting in front of them as the two vehicles make contact.
Dash cam shows the Volkwagen driver’s indicator signalling their intention to get into the left lane on the Hume Highway
The footage attracted almost 100,000 views within hours on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, with hundreds weighing into as to who caused the collision.
Many viewers believed the VW driver was in the wrong.
‘Common courtesy would be if you intend to change two lanes at a time, you should firstly indicate, then change lane when safe to do so then, turn off indicators and then count to three and reapply the indicators and when safe to do so change lanes,’ one man wrote.
Another added: ‘Just because someone has their indicator on, doesn’t mean they have right of way. It’s their responsibility to merge/change lanes safely. The van really didn’t even have time to avoid the accident.’
But others argued the collision would have been avoided if the station wagon driver let the VW in.
‘The black car seemed determined to get his right of way. It’s obvious that he deliberately sped up to achieve that. I would have just slowed down to avoid an accident if I were him. Now their damage to both cars,’ one wrote.
Another added: ‘This accident could have been avoided if the driver of the black vehicle didn’t have an ego the size of Alaska and decided to speed up.’
But the black Tarago station wagon driver speeds up as the two vehicles are side-swiped
But many others believed both drivers were as bad as each other.
‘Isn’t there a road rule that you must take all possible action to avoid a collision? Both drivers here deserve a fine. There can be two wrongs!
Another added; ‘Play silly games and win silly prizes. There’s actually a good smash repairer just around the corner there,’ one wrote.
One viewer saw the funny side by reciting the lyrics of a classic INXS song.
‘You were there… Two worlds collided, and they could never, ever tear us apart.’
Another who spotted fast food outlets in the footage quipped: ‘Um…Did someone say KFC?’
When changing lanes, drivers must give way to vehicles in the lane they’re moving into under NSW road laws.
‘You must indicate to let others know when you plan to move into another lane. Make sure your indicator is off after you’ve merged or changed lanes,’ the laws state.
Online viewers were divided over whether the Tarago (left) or Volkswagen driver were at fault