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Rear-ending sparks debate about who is at fault

DAMAGE: Rata Davy was rear-ended and is looking for the vehicle that caused her to brake suddenly.
DAMAGE: Rata Davy was rear-ended and is looking for the vehicle that caused her to brake suddenly. Contributed

A MACKAY motorist is looking for an RV which she claims cut her off and caused her to be rear-ended.

Rata Mills was driving through the roundabout near Coles at Eimeo when she claims a "Winnebago type vehicle” cut her off by turning right in front of her from the left lane.

"I hit the brakes hard to avoid them and got rear ended. The 'Winnebago' stopped up the road, had a look and drove away.

"I have exchanged details with the lovely man, who had two little kids in his car, and he stayed with me until the police and tow truck arrived.”

Now Ms Mills is looking for the driver of the RV who she said caused the accident.

"They know what they did, they just chose to keep driving. They left the scene of an accident they caused.

"I've been looking at getting a dashcam for the past few weeks, but didn't get around to choosing one. It was on my to-do list.”

After posting her experience on social media, Ms Mills was met with mixed opinions on who might be at fault. While nobody was blaming Ms Mills herself, some said it is always the vehicle following that is at fault in a rear-end accident, others said that dash-cam footage may mean that in the event of an insurance claim, some fault may lie with the driver who prompted the emergency stop.

Emily Bozier posted a typical response putting the driver behind at fault. "Pointless trying to find the Winnebago. The 'at fault' driver is the one that rear ended you. I've been though this before, I was cut off by a driver and then rear ended by another. The poor lady that hit me had a child in the car also, police were on scene and said the lady who rear needed me was at fault - following too close.”

Peter O'Brien had a different view. "There are cases whereby the vehicle that rear ended has been proven not at fault due to dashcam footage showing another vehicle caused the accident and drove off. So hopefully there is dashcam footage,” he said.

A spokesperson for the RACQ said that each individual case is different.

"Cases are assessed on their own merits. Where there is other factors, it would be down to what happened in that specific situation. Police reports are also taken into account.”

Topics:  accident fault car crash eimeo racq rear ended road accident road safety


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