'Resit your test': Dashcam video of dramatic car crash sparks heated debate

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A dashcam video of a nasty collision has triggered a debate over which motorist was in the right.

In the 20-second video posted on Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook’s page it shows the car filming the incident on dashcam driving in the outer left lane with a speed of between 45 and 47km/h.

Cars in the right lane are at a standstill when a car travelling from the opposite direction crosses the traffic in an attempt to turn right. It crashes into the car going straight.

A dashcam video of a collision on a road in Auburn, Sydney.
A dashcam video of a collision has started deliberation over which motorist was in the right. Source: Dash Cam Owners Australia

The video filmed in Auburn, in western Sydney attracted over 500 comments from Facebook users arguing over which driver was at fault.

“Where has common sense gone? Approaching queues like this is it really a case of I have right of way so I can just plow on?” one person asked.

“They were going 47, hardly ‘plowing’ on,” another person replied, pointing out that the speed limit of 50 is marked on the road.

A few people suggested the turning driver was at fault.

“Given that you’re not supposed to block the intersection and let turning cars through, you also create a blind spot for the dashcam. Said dashcam driver should be anticipating turning traffic. Turning driver is at fault,” one person wrote.

“This happens so much. Some nice person leaves a gap for you to go through, but then when you go, the other lane someone is flying through and almost takes you out,” they wrote.

“Oh wow, please re-sit your test!” a user replied.

While some people agreed both drivers were at fault.

“Too fast to react to something you can't see is too fast, whatever the limit,” one person said.

A head on collision on an Auburn road.
Cars in the right lane are at a standstill when a car travelling in the opposite direction attempts to turn right and the cars crash. Source: Dash Cam Owners Australia

RMS NSW suggest that all drivers should slow down when there is a blind spot.

“When you see potential hazards, slow down and prepare to stop (referred to as setting up the brakes), for example when pedestrians are close to the road or when other vehicles may turn in front of you,” the NSW road users handbook states.

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