A Melbourne motorist claims an elderly driver offered up a bizarre excuse when trying to explain what led to a collision at a roundabout in the city’s east.
The female motorist was trying to enter a roundabout on Belmore Road in Balwyn North on Saturday evening when she collided with a male driver already on the intersection.
When the motorist asked the woman why she had entered the roundabout prematurely, he said she told him the colour of his vehicle was to blame.
“The old lady told me she couldn't see me on the roundabout because my car is black,” the driver told Dash Cam Owners Australia, who uploaded dashcam footage of the crash to Facebook on Sunday.
He also claimed she said his car had entered her blindspot and she couldn’t see the vehicle.
Hundreds took to the post to query the woman’s supposed claims.
“If only vehicles had some sort of illumination on the front of them to help make them visible in the dark...” one user sarcastically wrote.
“So the drivers side window is now a blind spot?” another asked.
“The number of older people that can barely move their feet with a zimmer frame and then hop in a vehicle is bloody scary!” one person said.
Yet others were quick to jump to the woman’s defence.
“Highly possible the old lady is telling the truth. You can see the cam car is on a 45 degree angle from the pillar on the old lady's car. Headlights beam has already passed by the old lady,” one user pointed out.
Another agreed the darkness of the man’s car was a valid point.
“Black and grey cars have the most accidents, it's a known fact in the car industry yet they still make and sell them,” the person wrote.
Black cars have a higher crash rate, research shows
According to research by Monash University, black cars have a 47 per cent higher crash risk than other colours in the dark.
“When light conditions are taken into consideration, there is a clear statistical relationship between a vehicle’s colour and its crash risk,” the NRMA said in reference to the study.
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