Got sideswiped by pickup truck with trailer attached

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ajp201, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. ajp201

    ajp201 Light Load Member

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    They were switching lanes to make their exit and they clipped my driver side bumper with their trailer. I couldn’t exactly chase them down and they did not stop. I did have the opportunity to take a picture of the trailer license plate with my phone and there is a camera in my truck. I contacted safety and they said send them pictures and they will view the video. That is a hit and run, correct??? I tried slowing down but they just kept merging. Now I’m worried safety is going to try to say I could’ve slowed down more...
     
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    They merged into you. Improper lane change. Not your fault.
     
  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Your drive cam will show you were slowing down. Sounds to me like you did the right thing.
     
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  5. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    I had an idiot run a stop sign a year ago and smashed into my passenger side steer tire. I ended up in a cornfield. Everything I drive is all rural and small towns. There are idiots everywhere, I think they are even more complacent in the country. Oh there is never anything in that intersection they might have ran that stop sign 100 times, just so happens this time he caught up with a milk truck on it's way to a farm. It just so happened it was my unlucky day. I can tell you generally speaking if you arent issued a ticket, you are not at fault, and it doesn't hurt your employment prospects. If you are at fault a ticket will be issued.
     
  6. ajp201

    ajp201 Light Load Member

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    I was close to my delivery so I just went there since the guy just drove off and I couldn’t chase him down. I did not call the police. I only called my company.
     
  7. CousinVinny

    CousinVinny Medium Load Member

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    Yes.
     
  8. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Should have pulled over right then and called the cops. CYA.
     
  9. CousinVinny

    CousinVinny Medium Load Member

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    A jerkoff could get OP for leaving the scene of an accident.
     
  10. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Sage advice.

    And if it hasn't been done yet, report it.
     
  11. ajp201

    ajp201 Light Load Member

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    Well with the guy taking off and not stopping after he hit me, what’s the cops gonna do? And it’s reported to safety and they have video evidence
     
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