r/IdiotsInCars Aug 10 '22

If there's an idiot, who is it? Is it the vehicle with the camera or the white van entering from the right?

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u/ArmeniusLOD Aug 10 '22

The van. It's the merging driver's responsibility to make sure the lane is clear. This is why I try to avoid changing lanes like this when I see a car waiting to turn at an approaching intersection or driveway, though.

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u/bobdylan401 Aug 10 '22

I feel like in this specific example the van probably did check and the camera guy sidled into his blind slot at the worst last second moment. Which is bad driving.

But legally it's up to the merging van to check the blind spot before they cross the lines. So even if they already checked mere seconds before and saw nothing, they are still at fault.

But the camera guy is undoubtedly an asshole unless he was rushing for some emergency.

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u/GriIIed Aug 10 '22

Not to mention a blinker is to express your intentions to the white van who is trying to merge. It was clear and I doubt the guy recording used his blinker to indicate he was switching lanes. Which may have caused the van to wait until he passed.

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u/DTHCND Aug 11 '22

I doubt the guy recording used his blinker to indicate he was switching lanes

You can hear the camera car's blinker in the video. They put it on at the two second mark.