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Prang between an overtaking car and an impatient motorist in Victoria divides opinion

‘Good luck sorting that out’: Crash between an overtaking car and an impatient motorist divides opinion over who’s at fault

  • A Mercedes  has slammed in to a Ford driving on the wrong side of the road
  • The road is currently under construction making it harder to determine fault
  • VicRoads gave their verdict and it’s not good news for either of the drivers

A crash between an overtaking car and an impatient driver has divided opinion online as people are unable to determine who was more at fault.

The video shows a road currently under repair in Ballarat, Victoria with a line of slow-moving traffic causing frustration for two drivers.

A silver Ford Focus pulls out from behind the filming vehicle and drives onto the wrong side of the road, possibly to skip ahead of the queue and turn into the street ahead.

Before the owner of the Ford can reach the corner, a Mercedes convertible suddenly makes a sharp U-turn and slams in to the Focus in a T-bone crash.

Following the crash the driver of the Ford gives an apology wave. 

Commenters struggled to quickly determine the person most at fault as it is illegal to make a U-turn without due care but also illegal to drive on the wrong side of the road.

‘Good luck sorting that out insurance,’ said one man.

Before the owner of the Ford can reach however, a Mercedes convertible suddenly makes a sharp U-turn and slams in to the sports car in a T-bone crash

A silver Ford Focus pulls out from behind the filming vehicle and drives on to the wrong side of the road, possibly to skip ahead of the queue and turn into the street ahead

‘I would love to hear the argument between the two drivers,’ said another. 

Many laid the blame with the black Mercedes that performed the U-turn into the path of the Ford, with that call made all the more difficult due to the lack of regular road lines.

‘Black car at fault – one must give way to overtaking vehicles!’ one person said.

Other commenters either laid the blame on both cars or the Mercedes convertible.

‘You might not expect it but surely you check your mirrors to see if a bike or another vehicle is coming down the inside lane?’ One person said. 

VicRoads gave their verdict on the situation and it was not good news for either of the drivers.

VicRoads, gave their verdict on the situation and said both drivers were at fault in this situation

VicRoads, gave their verdict on the situation and said both drivers were at fault in this situation

‘If there is: a single continuous line down the centre of the road; double continuous lines down the centre of the road; a ‘no U-turn’ sign,’ the government body said.

While the situation seemed complicated they said it comes down to a very simple rule when conducting a U-turn.

‘When making a U-turn you must give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians.’

However they also said the other driver of the Ford was not following the law either.

‘It is an offence to: drive on the wrong side of a divided road (or) pass to the right of a right turning vehicle or a vehicle making a U-turn from the centre of the road.’  

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