Driver pulls out of the way of an impatient motorist and damages his car – sparking an insurance row

A furious driver fears he’ll be forced to pay a $3,000 insurance bill after swerving to avoid a head-on collision when an impatient driver pulled out in front him.

Jake Lewis was driving back to his Melbourne home after a round of golf in June when a motorist travelling in the opposite direction veered towards his car.

Mr Lewis crashed into a ditch and requires extensive repairs to his now undriveable Ford Focus after he claims the driver – with the exact same car – refused to provide her insurance details. 

The labourer told Daily Mail Australia that the near miss, on Ballarto Road in Skye, ‘took the wind out’ of him. 

‘I felt overwhelmed. I’m lucky that I’ve done a crash prevention course. I’m really thankful it wasn’t a P plater. It might of been a different outcome.’  

The horrifying footage, caught by his dashcam in a school zone, shows the blue Ford approaching in oncoming traffic before quickly manoeuvring into his lane. 

Lewis, with seconds to spare, swerves his car out of its path onto the road’s shoulder.  

The shaken motorist said that the woman didn’t stop, but a member of the public sitting a few cars behind him saw the event and turned around to chase down her number plate. 

The shaken motorist (pictured) said the woman didn't stop, but a member of the public sitting a few cars behind him saw the event turned around to chase down her number plate

The shaken motorist (pictured) said the woman didn’t stop, but a member of the public sitting a few cars behind him saw the event turned around to chase down her number plate

He was then able to obtain her contact details from the police, but the unapologetic woman told him that she was ‘uncomfortable’ giving out her details, before dropping out of SMS contact. 

The woman’s insurance company and AAMI, who Mr Lewis uses, have claimed they can’t provide assistance because the cars didn’t ‘come into contact’.  

‘If I had actually had the accident, everything would be fine,’ he said.  

Both drivers' insurance companies have claimed they can't provide assistance because the cars didn't come into contact

Both drivers’ insurance companies have claimed they can’t provide assistance because the cars didn’t come into contact

Since the incident, Mr Lewis has been borrowing a car to get to work after his airborne car diving through a ditch resulted in hefty damage.   

‘The front left suspension is gone, and [there is] a broken rim, and a little bit of panel damage,’ he said.   

Mr Lewis is currently in his third attempt to gain compensation. 

AAMI has been contacted for comment.

Since the incident, Mr Lewis (pictured) has been borrowing a car to get to work after his airborne car diving into a ditch resulted in hefty damage

Since the incident, Mr Lewis (pictured) has been borrowing a car to get to work after his airborne car diving into a ditch resulted in hefty damage

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