A new show that we all just started becoming aware of is Surveillance Oz: Dashcam, which runs on channel 7 at 8:00pm on Thursday.
In this show, shocking footage from other drivers’ dashcams (a camera mounted on the dashboard to take video of what the driver sees in front of them) is compiled and broadcasted to the public.
Of course, the content definitely represents the more extreme cases. After viewing an episode, we put together a summary of the more common road accidents along with their legal implications.
Rear-End Collisions – Toby’s Story
Toby is an IT specialist from Albany Brisbane who was driving home at 8:30pm in the rain. He stopped to avoid hitting a possum running across the road.
A young driver then suddenly came up and hit him from behind. The reason was not mentioned specifically in the show but from what we saw, the driver from behind was just being inattentive and driving fairly fast considering the night time and rainy conditions.
The show summarizes the law where it is legal in Queensland to stop for animals and that in a rear-end collision, the driver who strikes from behind is considered to be at fault for the accident.
A driver in front of a rear-end collision may be partially negligent if they had no good reason to suddenly apply their brakes. However, this defence is difficult to prove in most circumstances and often requires witnesses to the fact.
Fortunately in this circumstance there no serious personal injuries to either driver.
Truck Trailer Swing Accidents –Judy’s Story
Judy was driving in the Fraser Coast in Queensland during rainy weather. A semi-trailer truck in the opposite lane suddenly skidded and lost control. Its trailer swung into her lane and collided with her car.
A truck driver has a duty of care to make sure that they drive their vehicles responsibly, diligently and with a reasonable degree of skill. Failing to maintain proper control of their vehicle can make them liable for damages in court. This liability may also extend to the employer of the truck driver as well for being vicariously liable for their employee’s actions.
Judy was very fortunate to endure that accident with only a few minor injuries.
Sideswipe Collisions – Nick’s Story
Nick was delivering a pizza about 15 minutes away from his workplace. He drove alongside a truck and tried to exit the truck’s blind spot. However, the truck driver did not spot him there and changed lanes, crashing into Nick from the side.
No pizzas were wasted during the filming of this video.
In a sideswipe accident involving blind spots, the driver who is changing lanes is liable for the accident because they did not take proper care to check that it was safe before changing lanes.
That being said, the blind spot on a truck is massive and should not be taken for granted. It is highly advised that drivers prevent themselves from entering a truck’s blind spot when possible, or exiting from that blind spot quickly and when safe to do so.
Nick was not injured during that accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Fortunately for these people, they were relatively unharmed during their respective ordeals.
However, if you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another driver, then you are not alone in your struggle.
Simply contact our Accredited Specialists at East Coast Injury Lawyers for a free, no risk consultation so that we can hear your story and advise you of your legal rights.
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