Driver Blacked Out Behind The Wheel

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  1. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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  3. roundhouse

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    Dunno which would be worse,
    To convince the cops you have a medical issue and blacked out , or just admit that you fell asleep.

    i feel asleep once and hit a police car .
    They didn’t get too upset about it and I just got a ticket for failure to maintain lane.
    I hopped out , apologized, asked if they were in, said I fell asleep , and asked how many tickets I was gonna get , and they said “one should do it “



    Totaled their car ,
     
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    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    Now that’s a story!!
     
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    The “VAXX” at work …… :p:D:rolleyes:;)
     
  6. ducnut

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    If they pursue blacking out as a cause, they’ll be disqualified for life. It’s a disqualifying condition and there’s not a doctor on the planet who’d risk signing off on a future physical card for them.
     
  7. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    Low blood sugar can cause that. Had it happen to me.
    Felt myself going down, got on the brakes and aimed for the shoulder. Dash cam showed I was down to 35 mph when I passed out. Nice ditches around here. Didn’t hit anything, just got stuck in the mud.
    Cam showed I was out for about 40 seconds.
    Just had to see a doc a few times to confirm it wasn’t something else. Back on the road in two weeks.
     
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  8. Opus

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    I've never blacked out, but one time I stopped at a J and took a shower in the middle of the day.....I had time on the load and usually there's no wait in the middle of the day......so, anyway I made sure to wash my ears real good and off I went. I went probably less than 10 miles and all the sudden I lost all spatial reference.....it was like floating and I couldn't understand what was going on. This went on for about 30 seconds or so, but it scared the crap out of me......especially since I was going through a construction zone at the time. Later I figured I must have gotten water in my inner ear and had a bout with vertigo.
    Scary stuff, people. But I still wash my ears.
     
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    Underwriters may not even offer a quote on insurance..ever.
     
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  10. 86scotty

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    4 a.m.? He fell asleep, I doubt he blacked out. I wonder how long he had been driving that shift?
     
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  11. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    Too long if he blacked out and took out a utility pole! Sometimes you have to know when to shut it down and take a break. On some of my loads I will find a place to shut down if I’m fatigued and take a 1-2 hour nap if necessary.
    It can make a world of difference!;)
     
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