Dashcam vid shows moment two drivers crash as they jostle for space on dual carriageway – but who’s in the right?
THIS is the moment two drivers smashed into each other as they battled for a space on a busy dual carriageway – dividing opinion on who was in the right.
Dashcam footage captured in the city of Yagoona, Australia, shows a Volkswagen driver attempting to cross into another lane as the other motorist appeared to speed up.
As the clip begins, the Volkswagen can be seen in the third lane of the Hume Highway before indicating and cruising over to the second strip.
The driver of the black Tarago station wagon in the first lane then seemingly puts their foot down as the VW driver continues to indicate and pull across the lanes.
As they jostle for the space, the pair then crash into each other as the VW attempts to merge into the left lane.
It has sparked a debate on social media over which motorist was in the wrong.
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The clip has been viewed more than 107,000 on the Facebook page Dash Cam Owners Australia as viewers argued over who should have given way.
Many were sympathetic to the driver of the black car.
One commented: "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."
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Another said: "So annoying that those indicating think they are entitled to move over without correct notice.
"The gold car went across two lanes, knew where they wanted to go a while back but just had to try and push in. The black car did not have to let him in either, the dotted lines are lane markers as well as give way lines.
"The gold car was in the wrong here and also in one of the black car's blindspot."
But others claimed the driver of the gold car should have been let into the left lane.
One wrote: "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."
A second replied: "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."
Under road laws in NSW, drivers must give way to motorists in the lane they're moving into when changing lanes.
It reads: "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."
Many insisted both drivers were in the wrong.
One said: "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!"
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A second wrote: " Play silly games and win silly prizes.
"There’s actually a good smash repairer just around the corner there."
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