Singapore – Foresight and presence of mind are the two most essential characteristics to have on the road because accidents happen in a split second.
For example, a vehicle exiting from a minor road and crashing into an oncoming car which eventually collides into another.
This scenario became a reality on June 23 when a video was shared on Beh Chia Lor’s Facebook page showing a multi-car collision along Upper Serangoon Road.
The Mercedes tried to avoid the impending crash and abruptly swerved to the right, without looking at the side mirror perhaps.
Minding its own business at the right-most lane was a Toyota Altis which got knocked off the ground during the collision with the Mercedes.
The Mercedes and Toyota stopped a few moments after the crash. The Volvo, on the other hand, kept on driving.
The caption read:
“Merc avoids accident, dramatically hits another
Volvo SKA1860S exiting from minor road, clearly cuts into lane of Mercedes, who hastily swerves right to avoid and hits into Toyota Altis SKS2395S. Unfortunate accident, which could have been avoided if the Volvo had more lane discipline.
Also, the Volvo drives off.
Location: along Upper Serangoon Road towards City, just after Kovan
Date: 23 Jun 2019, around 545pm
Video Credit: JH Lim”
Watch the video below:
Volvo SKA1860S exiting from minor road, clearly cuts into lane of Mercedes, who hastily swerves right to avoid and hits into Toyota Altis SKS2395S. Unfortunate accident, which could have been avoided if the Volvo had more lane discipline.Also, the Volvo drives off. Location: along Upper Serangoon Road towards City, just after KovanDate: 23 Jun 2019, around 545pmVideo Credit: JH LimJust like you we try to steer clear of risky drivers. We don’t insure them, so you pay less for car insurance. Get a quote at Budget Direct Insurance – Singapore. See how much you can save. http://bit.ly/2FtrdXt
Posted by Beh Chia Lor – Singapore Road on Sunday, June 23, 2019
Who’s at fault?
Although it is quite clear that the Volvo took too much space during the turn and did so without giving enough leeway, members of the public have observed that the Mercedes also bears some fault.
Netizens have noted the rather delayed reaction of the Mercedes which should have anticipated the turning Volvo. The swerve to the right was also too exaggerated, according to the comments in the post.
A certain Gary Tan pointed out that the Mercedes driver should have been more alert and automatically activated defensive driving after seeing the Volvo.
Others also noted that the Volvo was driving slowly and gave the Mercedes enough time to slow down as well.
“What if the Toyota Altis was a motorcyclist?” was also a comment that many posted. Fortunately, it wasn’t.