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Dashcam Footage Of Motorway Crash Leaves People Divided Over Which Car Caused It

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Dashcam Footage Of Motorway Crash Leaves People Divided Over Which Car Caused It

Footage of a motorway crash has left viewers split over which car was at fault for causing the collision.

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The dashcam footage was sent into Dash Cam Owners Australia by someone saying they'd been caught in a 'defensive driving fail on my way to work'.

Apparently the motorway crash happened when the recording driver said a 'lady in a Fiat 500 merged into me', but plenty of others didn't see it quite that way.

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The motorway smash happened on the Yarra Glen road in Canberra, Australia, on 14 June, with all initially seeming well with the world besides a hint of overcast weather.

However, trouble strikes when another driver behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 wants to merge into the left-hand lane that our dashcam-equipped car is on.

The Fiat is sent spinning off the motorway after the crash. Credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia
The Fiat is sent spinning off the motorway after the crash. Credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia

The two cars collide, with the Fiat sent spinning off the road – which is actually somewhat fortunate, as it's better to crash off the road than spin out on the motorway.

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However, after watching the dashcam footage, people are divided over which car was at fault.

In one camp were the people who thought the Fiat driver was to blame for merging into a lane when there wasn't space to do so.

When the Fiat tries to move into the left-hand lane, it drives directly into the path of the dashcam owner's car, which pushes into its back wheel and sends it spinning off the road in what is admittedly a pretty well-executed PIT manoeuvre, even if it is by accident.

Some people slated the Fiat driver as 'dangerous' and argued they should have their licence taken away.

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One person said they 'think they're entitled to move over' just because they stuck their indicators on, with the resulting crash a clear sign that's not the case.

People couldn't decide who was at fault for causing the crash. Credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia
People couldn't decide who was at fault for causing the crash. Credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia

In the other camp are those who think the dashcam owner should have slowed down and made space for the Fiat driver once it became clear they were intending to merge.

The driver who filmed the crash doesn't apply the brakes when Fiat starts merging lanes, instead deciding to honk the horn as a warning.

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This didn't go down well with many commenters, who argued that the dashcam driver could have slowed down to prevent the 'easily avoidable' crash.

One suggested the driver could do with a 'bit less energy leaning on your horn and a bit more applying the brakes', while someone else suggested they 'be the better person' on the road.

Another commenter said the dashcam owner 'needs to learn how to back off' and make space for other cars instead of holding course and getting involved in a collision.

In the end, a lot of commenters judged that both drivers were partly to blame for the crash that could have been so easily avoided.

Featured Image Credit: Dash Cam Owners Australia

Topics: Cars

Joe Harker
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