I was travelling southbound on Yamba/Erindale Dr in the left hand lane at approx 5.50pm Thurs 11 Jun 09 . A rear ender had occurred in the left hand lane about 5 cars in front of me so the left lane was blocked. The accident occurred approx 100m up from the Sulwood Drive turn off.
I waited until all the cars behind me had gone past and the right hand lane was clear. I then pulled out into the right hand lane. As there were the other cars in front of me merging from the left to right hand lane, I was left almost stationery in the right hand lane.
Just as the cars in front of me moved off I was rear ended. I didn’t hear the sound of brakes or anything, just a massive bang and my car was pushed approx 15 metres down the road and onto the median strip. I reported the accident to police on my mobile and then, as the lady who was driving was shaking badly and told me her mobile was not working so couldn’t get someone to come and get her, I took her home. (I have since received advice that I should have taken her straight to Hospital/Police station for blood tests rather than home!)
Went in the next morning to the police and filled out the accidnt report etc and continued on with getting my car (which I have just found out has been assessed as a write off) replaced.
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That process is painful enough, but this morning I receive a letter from the other insurance company indicating I am at fault ???? as they allege I merged into the right hand lane in front of the other car, despite the accident being a pure rear ender???.
SO my question to the great unwashed of Canberra via RA is …did anyone see a silver Astra rear end a bronze mazda 3 hatch in the right hand lane of Yamba/Erindale Dr last Thursday night around 5.50pm. I know a guy in a white landcruiser or similar stopped to help push the lady’s car off the road but I was too preoccupied to get his details or rego.
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