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People Are Divided On Who Is To Blame After Cyclist Flies Over Car Bonnet

People Are Divided On Who Is To Blame After Cyclist Flies Over Car Bonnet

A car collided with a cyclist in Melbourne, Victoria - but after the footage went viral, people have become divided over who is to blame. Watch the clip below;

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Footage taken by a dashcam and uploaded by Dashcam Owners Australia shows the incident happened at a tricky intersection in Fitzroy North.

A van had left just enough space to allow cars on the opposite side to turn into the perpendicular street during traffic.

However, a cyclist travelling close to the footpath was unable to see what was happening, with the van blocking his view of the rest of the street.

He cycled down the road before being struck by a vehicle that was turning right from the opposite lane - completely obscured from view by the van.

Credit: Dashcam Owners Australia/Facebook
Credit: Dashcam Owners Australia/Facebook
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Since the footage was uploaded onto social media, a large debate has started over who was in the wrong.

One person wrote: "The driver of the turning car is definitely at fault here. However, and it kills me to say it, it would be very difficult for the driver to see the approaching cyclist. I would never ride through at that speed."

Another fired back, saying: "If it is a right hand hook turn area (Victorian road rules) then the bike is at fault as the driver turning has right of way."

Credit: Dashcam Owners Australia/Facebook
Credit: Dashcam Owners Australia/Facebook

A third tried to lay the blame at both parties, adding: "The car failed to give way to all oncoming traffic and the cyclist should have been able to see the car attempting to cross and should have slowed. And even if they couldn't see the car, knowing the traffic was stopped and a side street there they should have erred on the side of caution and slowed anyways."

Whoever was at fault, it probably wouldn't have softened the blow for the cyclist who would have definitely been in pain from that collision.

Loads of cyclists rushed to their aid to see if they were okay and, after a few seconds, the injured rider stood up.

Hopefully their bike didn't suffer too much damage from the incident and the car wasn't badly affected.

Not much else is known about the collision but let that be a warning to both cyclists and drivers that you never know what might pop out on the road, so it's best to travel cautiously.

Featured Image Credit: Dashcam Owners Australia/Facebook

Topics: Viral, News, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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