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Horrifying dashcam footage captures highspeed motorway crash in Canberra

Gruesome dashcam footage captures high-speed highway crash – as debate erupts over which driver was wrong: ‘Avoidable this’

  • Dashcam footage captures car crash after driver merge fails at the last minute
  • The Fiat driver crashes into the front and another car while driving on the Canberra road
  • Viewers claimed the dashcam driver had enough time to avoid the collision

Video footage of a driver wrecking his car after a last-minute attempt to merge lanes has split Australians over who is to blame.

Dashcam footage shows a burnt orange Fiat 500 collided with a car on June 14 and spiraled out of control on Canberra’s Yarra Glen Road after the driver attempted to change lanes.

The driver turns on her left turn signal just as she begins to merge into the lane – not in her blind spot.

The Fiat driver turns her turn signal to the left and starts inserting without checking her blind spot (photo)

The Fiat driver turns her turn signal to the left and starts inserting without checking her blind spot (photo)

As the car begins to merge, the dashcam driver honks his horn, but it’s too late – the Fiat crashes into the right-hand front of the car, spins and comes to a stop after hitting a concrete wall.

The exact culprit has caused division among viewers with more than 2,000 comments on the video shared by Dash Cam Owners Australia’s Facebook page.

One user commented: ‘Fiat made a mistake and should have their license removed. They are a dangerous driver!’

The Fiat crashes into the front of another car after its latest attempt to merge lanes (pictured)

The Fiat crashes into the front of another car after its latest attempt to merge lanes (pictured)

“They turn on the flashing lights and think they have a right to just move. Please indicate, look and change lanes if it is safe to do so,” wrote another

“Proof that an indicator doesn’t give you a special protection bubble to do whatever you want,” shouted a third.

However, some eagle-eyed viewers saw the dashcam driver accelerate from 72 km/h to 76 km/h seconds before the crash.

“Interesting that your speed increased after the Fiat light came on. You could just as easily have rolled back those few miles an hour,” one user wrote.

“Kellogg called, they want your driver’s license back. You rushed into their blind spot and made no effort to avoid,” commented another user.

Most viewers noted that both drivers were at fault, but said the accident was avoidable if the dashcam driver pressed the brake instead of the accelerator.

After spiraling out of control, the Fiat comes to a stop after crashing into the side of the road (pictured)

After spiraling out of control, the Fiat comes to a stop after crashing into the side of the road (pictured)

“Perhaps if you had leaned a little less energy on your horn and pressed the brake a little more, you could have avoided a crash,” one user wrote.

“Dashcam driver needs to learn to reverse,” said another. Whether or not you have ‘right of way’, you are still responsible for avoiding an accident if you can. And this was avoidable.’

“Fiat certainly made a mistake, not an argument, but it also clearly shows that you had enough time to brake and avoid the accident,” it said.

Another user commented, “Amazing how much time and effort goes into that horn press and not the brake.”

“Perfect example of ignorance versus arrogance,” wrote another viewer. “One made a mistake (which many of us have made), one made a concerted effort that led to that mistake culminating in a crash.”

Viewers suggested that there would be fewer traffic accidents if automakers connected the horn to the brake pedal.

“I think Tesla and all the other manufacturers developing autonomous driving technology can reduce the accident rate if they just let the horn press the brake pedal… time to step up Elon (Musk),” wrote one user.

The images divided viewers - with many comments, both cars had an error and the accident was easily avoided (photo, police talking to the Fiat driver)

The images divided viewers – with many comments, both cars had an error and the accident was easily avoided (photo, police talking to the Fiat driver)

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