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Posted By: JennyO
09-Mar-05 - 08:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: traffic lights
Subject: RE: BS: traffic lights
It can get very interesting working out who is at fault in the event of an accident on those multiple lane roundabouts too.

I was involved in an accident on a double lane roundabout a few years ago, where the driver changed lanes on the roundabout and hit the side of my car. The NRMA (motorists organisation here in Oz) legal department got very interested and fought the case on my behalf. They thought of it as a test case. There were several factors involved, and the fact that the other driver kept changing his story about where he was headed didn't help his case any. In the end, he was found to be at fault even though he entered the roundabout before I did, and he had to pay my damage and expenses.

Soon after that, I noticed that this particular intersection was listed as one of Sydney's top ten accident black spots, and not much later, the whole thing was done away with, and a flyover was built instead. Of course, the fact that it was the main road and turnoff leading to the site of the Sydney Olympic Games, and this was in the period leading up to the games, would have had nothing at all to do with their quick action ;-)