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Who’s at Fault?

Who’s at Fault?

Sometimes, accidents just happen. But when it comes to preventing mishaps behind the wheel, there are road rules in place to help drivers remain safe.

Before you’re even handed a drivers license there are a number of tests to pass and road laws to comprehend. But have you ever witnessed or been in an accident and weren’t really sure who was at fault?

Whenever a car accident occurs, the issue of responsibility takes center stage. Who’s at fault in the situation? What was the right thing to do and what was the wrong thing to do? Determining the driver responsible for the accident can sometimes be tricky. There is often a difference between who actually caused an accident and who is legally at fault. Understanding who is at fault will have consequences on whose insurance will be required to pay for damage to vehicles.

So to help with safe and efficient movement of traffic on our roads, we’ve created a few accident scenario videos that will allow you to test your driving knowledge and decide who isn’t properly following the Australian road rules.

Scenario 1: Turning at a T intersection

Scenario 2: Turning at a two lane roundabout

In this scenario, vehicle A is on the left hand lane of the two lane roundabout and is only permitted to turn left or travel straight. In the video vehicle A is attempting to turn right from the left hand lane however, is not permitted to do so from the lane of traffic that they’re on.

If you look at the road markings when both vehicles enter the roundabout, the arrows in each lane indicate which direction the cars are allowed to travel. It’s clear that vehicle A is permitted to travel straight or turn left from the lane they entered the roundabout from yet vehicle B is only permitted to travel straight or turn right.

The fact that vehicle B has not indicated when leaving the roundabout has no bearing on the liability decision because they were permitted to leave the roundabout at that exit, whereas vehicle A wasn’t.

Scenario 3: Merging into oncoming traffic

Vehicle A is at fault.

In this scenario, vehicle A failed to stop and look for oncoming traffic before safely merging into the lane.

Broken lines on the road has the same meaning as a Give Way sign. The line markings on the road at the intersection where vehicle A enters the main road means vehicle A needs to give way to any traffic that is already on the main thoroughfare.

How does your road rule awareness measure up?

Did you guess the correct at fault driver in each scenario? If so, congratulations! You have the correct knowledge about Australian road rules. By following these when driving, you’ll make our roads a safer place. So when you’re out and about remember to drive safe, abide by the road rules, and never drive tired.

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