Just got hit on I-80 toll road in Ohio, car spun out and hit me.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by shorty102292, May 26, 2022.

  1. shorty102292

    shorty102292 Bobtail Member

    Oct 25, 2018
    I was tooling along 65-70mph in the far right line about oh 12 miles from Perrysburg ( where i was going to get off) it was raining pretty hard and a car on the drivers side spun out and slammed into my drives. It happened so fast i didn't have time to react, hell i didn't even see them in the mirror so i assume they were in the far left hammer lane. The car ended up in the center divider all smashed up totaled. I lost nut covers and bent a rim limped it off the highway.
    I didn't receive a ticket and i didn't require a tow.
    Im all new to this accident crap, where i work dac and all the other mega carriers bs doesn't apply.

    I guess what im getting at is I'm fairly certain i have to piss in a cup (no big deal) and wondering what happens next. I live in Michigan, and im terrified that my personal car insurance will skyrocket. We probably won't even make a claim just buy a rim idk, were so small if its broke at 2am it will be broke at 8am. Maintenance guy didn't answer so here i sit and wait on the gett off ramp shoulder for route 51

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  3. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Someone is sure to come along and post "it will buff out". Well, bent rims don't buff out. They just don't. Sorry.
  4. silverspur

    silverspur Medium Load Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Was the other person hurt? They might try to blame it on you and sue. Every other billboard is a personal accident attorney with a picture of a big rig behind him.

    Was there highway camera to back up your story?

    Try to get a copy of the police report. It should have the statements you made to the officer on it and they can be used against you in a lawsuit.

    Hard advice to follow in a stressful situation, but it's best to say little to nothing. Don't screw yourself with your own words:

    "It happened so fast I didn't have time to react."
    Why? Was it because you were going too fast for the conditions?

    "Hell, I didn't even see them in the mirror so I assume they were in the far left hammer lane."
    Translation: I wasn't checking my mirrors and paying close attention to my surroundings .

    Hope nothing comes from it. Similar thing happened to me in the NE a few years ago. Flattened a tire on my trailer, no injuries but lady's car towed with minor damage. State police showed up, made a report. Nothing ever showed
    up on my driving record about it. Nothing. Sometimes we catch a break.
  5. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

    May 18, 2017
    Hopefully you kept your mouth shut and only stated facts to the cops. Looks like only the rim and tire need replacing. I’d probably check on the alignment maybe suspensions too. The 4 wheeler might hire an ambulance chaser and make your company’s business a living hell for abit until either they settle or the lawyer finally burns out. I wouldn’t stress too much about it honestly what’s done is done. If your trucks have dash cams and shows what you said here I’m pretty sure not much will happen. If the ambulance chaser representing the 4 wheeler decides to call you don’t talk to him. Politely tell him if he has any questions he can call your company.
  6. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    High Point NC
    That is a DOT recordable accident. One of the pre-cursors for that is if one of the vehicles involved in an accident is towed away from the scene. Since you used the word "totaled:" in describing the car, I assume it didnt drive away from the scene. I dont know your employers rules but, per DOT rules, you are not required to take a DOT drug test.
    However, CSA points are attached(I think its 3) to the company.
  7. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

    Apr 25, 2021
    As stated above, you're not required by the FMCSA to take a drug nor alcohol test. I'm betting your employer will force you to take one for the company though. Also, don't worry about your personal insurance going up. You got no tickets to be on your record and any insurance claims are on your employer so nothing will be on your CLU either.

    What tests are required and when does testing occur? | FMCSA
  8. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    SW FLA
    I had a guy lose control of his car while passing me on the left
    He spun out. Hit the side of my trailer. Flew back over the berm divider in the center of the hwy and ended up on the shoulder of oncoming traffic

    Cops showed up and it was clearly his fault
    His insurance paid for my minor repairs and that was all that ever became of it
    Last edited: May 26, 2022
  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Probably won’t ever hear anything about it. No ticket. Get a copy of the accident report, for your records. Get it interpreted if needed. Look for any vague check marks, codes or abbreviations. You have nothing to worry about. Probably cheaper to buy a rim, have it installed, instead of paying deductible. Insurance premiums won’t be affected.
  10. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    That’s true. Forgot about that. Any vehicle towed, or anyone taken by ambulance makes it recordable.
  11. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Stuck in Limbo
    Good reference chart. The same thing pretty much happened to my dad last month. Car run into the drives coming on the highway. No citation issued no test.

    Car had to be towed away. Only bent the side step on the passenger side. Surprised there wasn't more damage from how the car looked
    Last edited: May 26, 2022
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