Dashcam video splits the internet as driver makes ill-fated attempt to pull into lane – but who do YOU think was wrong?
- Dashcam of Sydney’s Hume Highway collision sparks divided opinions
- Gold Volkswagen was captured crossing two lanes to merge with the left lane
- Tarago accelerated to prevent Volkswagen from passing ahead as the cars collide
A debate has raged online over the driver responsible for a prang on one of Sydney’s busiest roads.
Opinion is divided over dash cam video that captured a Volkswagen driver’s costly attempt to pull into a lane in front of a Tarago station wagon.
Footage captured on the Hume Highway in Yagoona in Sydney’s south-west this week shows the golden VW in the far right lane crossing two lanes and indicating to signal their intention to merge into the left lane.
A black station wagon approaching in the left lane accelerates to prevent the VW from passing in front of them when the two vehicles collide.
Dashcam shows Volkswagen driver indicator signaling intention to enter left lane on Hume Freeway
The footage drew nearly 100,000 views within hours on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, with hundreds of people causing the crash.
Many viewers thought the VW driver was wrong.
‘Common courtesy would be that if you intend to change two lanes at once, you should indicate first, then change lanes when it is safe to do so, then turn off the indicators, then count to three and reapply flags and when safe to do so change lanes,” one man wrote.
Another added: ‘Just because someone has their indicator on doesn’t mean they have the right of way. It is their responsibility to merge/change lanes safely. The van didn’t even have time to avoid the accident.
But others argued the collision would have been avoided if the station wagon driver had let the VW in.
“The black car seemed determined to get its right of way. It is obvious that he deliberately accelerated to achieve this. I would have just slowed down to avoid an accident if I were him. Now their damage to both cars,” one wrote.
Another added: ‘This accident could have been avoided if the driver of the black vehicle didn’t have an Alaska-sized ego and decided to speed up.’
But the driver of the black Tarago station wagon accelerates as the two vehicles are swept aside
But many others thought the two pilots were equally bad.
‘Isn’t there a rule of the road that you must take all possible measures to avoid a collision? Both drivers here deserve a fine. There can be two wrongs!
Another added; ‘Play silly games and win silly prizes. There’s actually a good smash repairer just around the corner,” one wrote.
A viewer saw the funny side while reciting the lyrics to a classic INXS song.
“You were there… Two worlds collided, and they could never, ever tear us apart.”
Another who spotted fast food outlets in the footage joked: “Um…did someone say KFC?”
When changing lanes, drivers must yield to vehicles in the lane they are traveling in under NSW Highway Code.
“You must indicate to let others know when you plan to move into another lane. Make sure your indicator is off after merging or changing lanes,” the laws say.
Viewers online were split over whether the Tarago driver (left) or Volkswagen was at fault