Who’s at fault? Dash cam footage divides the nation
A video shared on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page has left viewers divided as it shows a slow speed collision between two cars on a road in Victoria.
The footage shows cars lined up behind roadworks in Ballarat, separated only by a few orange cones.
Assuming the driver was impatient to wait his turn, the owner of the silver Ford Focus decided to overtake stationary cars on the wrong side of the road.
But it doesn’t end well, as during his attempt to cut the line, the driver of a blue Mercedes convertible begins to make a U-turn before crashing into the Ford.
The video left users stuck on who’s side to choose, as they claim both drivers made a failure in judgement.
“I would love to hear the argument between the two drivers,” wrote one person.
“No indication but heading down wrong side of the road. Good luck on this insurance claim,” wrote another.
A few believed the silver car was the one at fault.
“U-turn legal, no lines, no signs OK. Car on wrong side of the road (is) 100 per cent wrong,” commented one user.
“That’s what happens when you get impatient in a roadworks area and ignore the cones to sneak onto the wrong side of the road to overtake and make a right turn,” wrote another.
But others disagreed, saying the driver of the Mercedes should have checked before turning.
“(Blue) car at fault – one must give way to overtaking vehicles,” wrote one person.
“Mirrors. They’re on vehicles for a reason,” said another.
Looking into Victoria’s Roads may have seemed like a no-brainer, but instead, it left people scratching their heads.
According to VicRoads, this is when you cannot make a U-turn: “If there is: A single continuous line down the centre of the road; double continuous lines down the centre of the road; a ‘no U-turn’ sign.
“When making a U-turn you must give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians.”
But despite the driver of the Mercedes copping a blow, it doesn’t leave the Ford in the clear.
“It is an offence to: Drive on the wrong side of a divided road (or) pass to the right of a right turning vehicle or a vehicle making a U-turn from the centre of the road.”