WATCH: Dramatic footage of tricycle rider hit by car

FOOTAGE of a tricycle rider being rammed by an oncoming vehicle has divided viewers on who is at fault - many are apportioning blame to the rider.

In the video, uploaded to the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, it shows a large car driving down the left lane of a busy road.

Not long after two vehicles in the right lane can be seen coming to a halt seconds before a man on a tricycle pedals out into the middle of the left lane and is hit by the car with the dashcam.

The vehicle slams on its brakes as the cyclist clings to the bullbar as he struggles to hold himself up, the trike pushed out from under him.

Moments before the cyclist is slammed by an oncoming car.
Moments before the cyclist is slammed by an oncoming car.

The visibly stunned cyclist slowly proceeds to pick up his tricycle before rolling it out onto the footpath where he is assisted by a pedestrian.

The driver then pulls up onto the footpath in front of the injured man.

The incident took place at around 12pm on Saturday on Pinjara Road, Mandurah in Western Australia.

Within an hour of being uploaded the clip was viewed more than 53,000 times, with hundreds of social media users weighing to give their take on who exactly was responsible for the near-catastrophic accident.

The vehicle rams its bull bar into the cyclist, knocking the bike out from under him.
The vehicle rams its bull bar into the cyclist, knocking the bike out from under him.

Many are pointing blame to the cyclist, with one user saying: "The pedestrian is at fault 100 per cent in this instance, the driver is not at fault!"

Another claims that he "should have used the pedestrian crossing or waited for a decent break in the traffic to make it across the road".

Others, meanwhile, seem to think that the vehicles in the right lane are at fault for stopping and allowing the cyclist to enter the busy road in the first place.

"That's why cars shouldn't stop for people wanting to cross the road when not at a crossing or intersection and especially not on a multiple lane road," wrote another Facebook user.

 

 

 

"Even though the driver who stopped thought he was being courteous, he could've been the reason old mate ends up dead. Lucky man."

Some claimed the driver with the dashcam should have taken note of the slowing traffic in the right lane and adjusted his own speed.

The accident occurred close to a traffic light, intersection and crossing.



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