A trucker’s dash cam was rolling when a careless motorist nearly caused a head-on crash.

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by truckaholic001, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. truckaholic001

    truckaholic001 Light Load Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    Impatient car driver who can't wait to pass a semi gets the scare of his life

    A trucker’s dash cam was rolling when a careless motorist nearly caused a head-on crash.

    The incident was caught on dash cam on January 3, 2020, in Pliny, West Virginia.

    The dash cammer writes, “I was traveling in my semi-truck with my son on West Virginia on RT35 when a Chevy Tahoe passed me in the rain at a high rate of speed. The driver failed to see the oncoming pickup truck pulling a trailer and nearly hit him head-on.”

    You can view the video below.
  2. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    An exageration on the part of the driver
    The driver claims it was inches. Yes it was a very poor pass. Yet I would have said it was feet in distance.
    Here in Maine we get more than that from bad drivers.
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  3. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    And that’s one of the reasons I taught my trainees to always pay attention to the vehicles behind you in two-lane roads. If you won’t help them pass you, they’ll get impatient and do stupid moves. Whenever you spot a good opportunity for them to pass you, move a little bit to the right side of your lane, and then blink your lights (or turn them off/on).

    Some states like WA have laws where if you are holding down the traffic (in two-lane roads) to more than 5 vehicles or so, you need to pull over and let the traffic flow.
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  4. truckaholic001

    truckaholic001 Light Load Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    May be the driver has converted into inches (though into feet), for example if 3 feet then according to driver's statement, it is 36 inches :)
  5. zaroba

    zaroba Medium Load Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    South East PA
    I'll bet dollars to donuts the driver didn't get a scare, probably did see it, figured he could make it, figured it was worth the risk, and would do it again if given the opportunity.

    Because, you know, heaven forbid they get delayed by a few seconds.
  6. chico9696

    chico9696 Light Load Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    You're so right.
  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    Lol. 90 seconds later at the end of the video the Tahoe is right in front of the truck in slow traffic.
    All of that risk and gained NOTHING but the satisfaction of being in front of one more.

    It's a mentality. They don't stop to think about what COULD happen, or who else it may affect for a lifetime.
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Oncoming traffic has the duty to swerve off the road if need be. :rolleyes:
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  9. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Most of the two lane highways in West Virginia have little or no shoulder to work with so other than reducing speed there’s not much the truck could’ve done. Either way, the Tahoe driver almost met his or her maker,and also almost took someone else with them!
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  10. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    The truck driver panicked and took too long to brake. I wouldn’t blame the truck driver at all if this had turned into an accident, but sometimes the driver can help avoid accidents if they act correctly and quickly.
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