Do you stop and help?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Ridgeline, Sep 8, 2023.

  1. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Just wondering for those experienced drivers out there about this situation.

    You see a truck on fire or starting to catch fire, do you stop and help or drive by?

    The reason I ask is I reviewed this video for one of our meetings and the question will be asked to my drivers.

    I won't add my thoughts, they are not important but thank God for the officer.

     
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  3. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Personally, I always try to stop and help folks in a bad spot. I would stop

    If I had drivers in my trucks. No way would i want them to
     
  4. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    Twice. Although technically only pulled over and stopped to block traffic once.
    I have done before on 1-35 in New Braunfels Tx. 2 car’s hit each other and one caught fire under engine from fuel dripping on asphalt. Was probably in 2012 or so. That is were a 5lb. comes in more handy then the 2.5lb.
    In 2009 I also put out a grass fire that started at a business I was delivering too. 100 degree dry day an office mgr pulled his Mercedes into his designated park space nose over curb and grass underneath engine and after 10 or so minutes caught fire. Grabbed the one out of the truck and put it out.
    Sad thing is nobody offered to pay to have my extinguishers refilled. Lol!
     
  5. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    You know @Ridgeline back in the cb days even 15 years ago I believe there would have been no trucks passing through that scene. After the first one went through the cb would have lit up and drivers woulda stopped and blocked lanes behind the crash. The trucks going through while the officer and bystander are still trying to get the driver off the road is just friggen’ heartless.
     
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Who gives a ####, until it's you. Back in the day we helped each other. Folding tarps or broke down it's the right thing to do.
     
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  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    The question isn't whether or not you should stop. The question is how could you NOT stop. If someone's life is in danger and you could help, you have a moral obligation to give whatever aid you can.
    It's called being a human being.
     
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  8. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    nearly all my loads were of a hazmat nature, no matter how small in quantity.....it was still placarded.. i'd not have stopped.

    but as a general rule of mine..??

    i didn't stop, someone else will
     
  9. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    In this day and age, a driver that stopped to help could face termination from the company. That load is more important than some anonymous other driver.
     
  10. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    There're times you don't. That would be one of them.
     
  11. PacoTaco

    PacoTaco Medium Load Member

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    For me it would depend. If I was one of the first on scene then definitely yes. A few weeks ago I had a 4 wheeler about a 1/4 mile ahead drive off the road and roll over on I-84 in Idaho. I started to pull over in front of the scene but noticed by then several other vehicles were pulling over so I kept on going.
     
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