Possible Brake Malfunction In Fatal Truck Crash In Virginia

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by mjd4277, Oct 18, 2019.

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  2. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Sorry to hear about the driver, and as usual, I don't believe the faulty brake card. Guy had a B-buster full of pumpkins, and rolled it in an unfortunate place where the embankment wasted the cab. What's so hard to figure out?
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  3. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mountain climbing is not taught to these new driver's. Along with how to adjust your brakes
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  4. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Just rolling hills in that part of VA, maybe he just burned his brakes up....
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  5. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    My goodness, what a way to go. Condolences to that driver and his family
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    No kidding. Watch drivers at a brake check in BC sometime. They roll in, park for a minute to log the brake check and just roll out. Don't even get out of the cab in most cases.
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  7. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    More than likely didnt like driving safely and may have been to heavy on brakes/accelerator. People whom drive for the conditions with patience would not have made that mistake.

    Condolences just the same.
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  8. War-Eagle

    War-Eagle Light Load Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Watching a lot of "newer/inexperienced" drivers in large vehicles (not just semi trucks) illustrates the fact that many really don't have a handle on how much weight they have under their control and how much more room they need to allow as speeds increase due to the weight. I see more and more tailgating from box trucks and some from semi trucks.

    As for driving in the mountains, I can still hear the old man drilling it in my head to be in the right gear to head down BEFORE descending....
    - "Miss a gear on the downhill and you're going for the ride."
    - "No one ever cooked the brakes by going too slow."
    - "There are no trophies awarded for a quick descent."
    - "Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly."
    His actual words were a bit more colorful, and not exactly politically correct. But his point was made; and taken!

    Condolences for this driver's family and friends!
  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    We had a trainer once. Who recognized that I had a problem with mountains acting like a old woman. One day on a particular hill which itself isnt too bad he allowed her to run out her power and gravity pulled it until it too maxed out. Estimated at about 145 plus it did not take too long to fall off that hill as long there was enough run out at the bottom and a barrel of air.

    Once we got that stunt out of the way he taught me some of that non PC language and showed what was possible in times should she actually get away downhill. I never forgot.

    I cannot imagine some 30 year old office drone eyes popping on those figures coming around from the rig being made to fall down that hill today. I would be so fired. =)
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  10. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    Drivers should be trained with jake brake on low or medium settings.. they learn with light loads and full jakes which makes them overconfident .. RIP driver
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