Had my first minor accident today

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by SteveScott, May 13, 2021.

  1. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    I was driving across Hwy 12 near Rio Vista about an hour ago, and it's a 2 lane highway with passing lanes every few miles. Truck driver in front of me was going the speed limit, and as the passing lane ended on the right, I moved left to allow him to come over in front of me. Well the truck in back of me wasn't happy with that at all, so with the big white arrows on the road pointing left to merge, and the big yellow sign that says "LANE ENDING, MERGE LEFT" on the shoulder, this guy decides he wants to be in front of me. He was literally driving about 60 mph on a narrow shoulder full of debris, and expected me to brake or move over into oncoming traffic so he could get in front of me. Then the shoulder got more narrow, and he had to brake hard or slide off the road, and as he backed off, he knocked the chrome cover off of my passenger side mirror. After about I mile I found a place that was safe enough for us both to pull over, and he comes charging back at me yelling in very broken English that I was going too slow. I simply told him to keep quiet, and I have it all on dash cam. He shut right up and I took pictures of his truck and got his license info. Turns out he is also an O/O with his own authority, and has only been driving commercially for 5 weeks. He handed me his paper temporary license that was issued in early April.

    I already ordered a new chrome cover from Amazon for $200 (set price) and sent him a text to send me a check. I'm going to file an accident report with the CHP just in case this joker says that I hit him and left.
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  3. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Medium Load Member

    Jul 31, 2015
    Here and there…
    Don’t even know what to say. Unbelievable. You handled it like a pro but jeez...5 weeks driving with a paper license as an o/o? Wow. Just. Wow.
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  4. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    Smart, gotta be careful with yahoos like this. I would also contact your insurance and explain the situation as a non claim incase he tries to get them to pay out.
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  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Heavy Load Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    You would be surpised. My uncle got hit by a dude who had bought a brand new truck and trailer the same day he got his CDL and got into a wreck with said uncle less then 6 hours after that.

    #### spell correct....STAY OFF lol.
    Last edited: May 13, 2021
  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    You handled that much better than I. I tend to come unglued when dealing with stupidity.
  7. firemedic2816

    firemedic2816 Heavy Load Member

    May 14, 2016
    Walton Kentucky
    Had you slowed down enough you could have rubbed his back bumper in a modified PIT Maneuver and put him in the ditch
    They are fun to do
  8. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014

    Let us know how this turns out.
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  9. TokyoJoe

    TokyoJoe Road Train Member

    Feb 10, 2015
    You should have told him that you work for ICE and see if he took off running
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  10. TTNJ

    TTNJ Heavy Load Member

    Nov 21, 2017
    Your blood pressure must be sky high all day long........LOL
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  11. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Well... that is some great advice.

    No doubt 'rubbing' his back bumper with your front bumper would cause damage to your truck as well.
    And with little thought, both vehicles could end up wrecking each other.

    Maybe you are watching too many movies?
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