A dashcam video of a HGV driver crashing into a car has gone viral. Debates have sparked as to which driver was to blame for the incident. We’ll let you take a look and decide for yourself! [Watch the video at the end of the article].
The footage which is believed to have been filmed by the HGV driver in Devon captures the journey along a seemingly quiet road.
As the lorry swings to the right in the attempt to turn left into a side road, a green car zooms past causing the lorry to collide into the side of the vehicle.
The HGV driver claimed the car had ‘undercut’ him despite indicating well in advance and added that the car was travelling at a ridiculous speed, so didn’t give him much time to react.
Commenting on the incident, the lorry driver said: “Turning left into a tight drive, I used some of the right-hand side lane. Started indicating 100 yards before and travelling at 15mph when I was undertaken and made contact!”
While debates are still ongoing, many are left undecided on who’s really in the wrong, with the footage failing to depict whether or not the lorry driver had actually indicated. We simply have to take the driver’s word for it. Due to this, many have admitted it’s a fairly impossible one to solve.
The footage which was uploaded onto Facebook last year received a large number of comments, with various opinions being shared on the incident. In the video caption, the HGV driver wrote: “Can I ask if I’m at fault, please?” before the responses started flooding in.
One viewer wrote: ‘The lorry is NOT at fault, as long as they used correct indication. It also looked like to me that the car was driving in excess of the permitted speed limit. ‘
Whilst another added: ‘Car driver at fault, 100 percent. I’ve had this, went to court, I won. You should all know what the HC (Highway Code) says about large vehicles.’
A third also agreed: “You must check those mirrors before starting the turn. That being said, the car is at fault as he should not have been attempting to scoot between the truck and the curb; even if the truck had been making a right turn.”
With many believing that the car driver was to blame, others assumed the lorry had simply forgotten to switch on the left indicator, which essentially was the main cause of the collision.
One user backed the car driver, writing: “I’m pretty sure the car driver thought the HGV will turn right. I also think the HGV driver forgot to turn on the left indicator.”
Whilst another agreed: “If the cam vehicle can’t prove it was indicating then the driver will be blamed. Even if the cam vehicle was indicating, I’m not sure if mirrors were checked as well as they could have been.”
“As a lorry driver I always check my mirrors before manoeuvring because people are stupid and will do anything…even if I’m signalling, hazards on, whatever. People still do dumb stuff. ” another commented.
Whilst another added: “Indication is key here. In the theory test, a car driver is asked what he expects a lorry to do in the event that the lorry driver swerves right at a junction such as this. The answer? Turn left.”
According to the rules of the highway code, car drivers should be aware that larger vehicles need extra room for manoeuvres and should also plan ahead by taking separation distance into account.
In the exact words of the highway code under the heading of ‘Large Vehicles’, the rules state: ‘These may need extra road space to turn or to deal with a hazard that you are not able to see.
‘If you are following a large vehicle, such as a bus or articulated lorry, be aware that the driver may not be able to see you in the mirrors. Be prepared to stop and wait if it needs room or time to turn. Large vehicles can block your view. Your ability to see and to plan ahead will be improved if you pull back to increase your separation distance.
‘Be patient, as larger vehicles are subject to lower speed limits than cars and motorcycles. Many large vehicles may be fitted with speed limiting devices which will restrict speed to 56 mph (90 km/h) even on a motorway.
Whilst it seems the car’s speed was a large factor in the cause of the collision, according to Fleet News, over 60% of drivers still continue to drive over the speed limit despite the rising fines which were introduced in April of this year.
A whopping 7/10 drivers admitted they had been involved in a speeding incident, however over 80% of those on the road are still unaware of the significant rise in speeding fines.
With fines increased by up to 50%, it’s hoped that the number of incidents on the road will reduce dramatically.
The minimum penalty for a speeding fine is now £100 and three points on a license according to Gov.UK, with fines reaching up to £2,500 if the speed was far over the limit.
There’s also no leeway on dodging fines either; even if you’re 1mph over the speed limit, but is this new strict law entirely safe? Realistically, drivers will become more attentive to their speedometer than the road – so perhaps not.
Many agreed that drivers are far more dangerous than a decade ago, meaning a procedure needed to be put in place to reduce the number of speeding accidents which occur.
CarFinance 247 director, Louis Rix told Fleet News that he doesn’t agree with the new penalties: “Despite good intentions from the Government in increasing speeding penalties, it seems the prospect of a fine isn’t a strong enough deterrent for drivers.” he said.
“In fact, many seem to be justifying the fine as ‘payment’, giving drivers a pass to speed and break the law.
“From the moment they begin driving, we urge drivers to refresh their knowledge of common traffic signs and ‘speed down’ – obeying the rules of the road keeps us all safer in the long run.”
Watch the video of the collision below: