Preventable accident or not?

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  1. Solo Soul

    Solo Soul Medium Load Member

    Jun 9, 2021
    On top of a hill
    So I got into an accident today, this is why I can't become a trucker.
    I was doing 20 MPH in a 25 MPH zone going straight. The car making left turn didn't yield and kept going for the turn. I slowed down, moved to my right trying to get away from that car, and kept honking constantly. But boy wasn't that lady so distracted. We collided and driver side bumpers of both cars damaged. My driver door also doesn't open fully.
    What could I have done to avoid this accident? I should have slammed the brakes like crazy, that's something that I am regretting. It felt like my honking would have been enough, and it got too late. Crazy breaking kinda felt a bit early to me. How would you Pros have dealt with this situation? Imagine you were in your truck doing 20 in 25 and a car making that left turn infront of you. Your thought.
    Thank you!
    Note: The driver apologized for not seeing me and not yielding. I have video footage and audio.
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  3. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    So you saw someone pulling in front of you at 20 mph and just kept going and turn the same way they were going. Thankfully you weren’t in a semi . Right or wrong they often sue trucking companies who settle out of court because it’s cheaper . If you could have stopped the safety department calls it preventable often.
  4. sirhwy

    sirhwy Medium Load Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Central Iowa
    Personally I’d have stopped.
  5. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    20 mph? I would have taken a nap, woke up and assessed the situation, and then stopped.
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    You are correct. That is why you cannot become a trucker.
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  7. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Meh, consider it a blessing, pal. So many non-trucking jobs, cripes, our Walmart is offering $19.50 TO START, as a night stocker. You'd be hard pressed to find a trucking company that would match that, for the crappiest job on earth today.
    As far as who is at fault here, that would be argued until the cows came home. In a truck, it's your responsibility, or at least it used to be, you had to analyze what drivers were going to do. You should have stopped, and don't worry about people behind you, if they hit you from behind, it's their fault.
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  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Two things are necessary to become a trucker: anticipation and defensive driving. If you have the hurry up and wait mentality, trucking ain't for you. If you act like you own the road, trucking ain't for you. If you have an unwillingness to prevent an accident on principles of right of way, trucking ain't for you.
  9. N00bLaLoosh

    N00bLaLoosh Medium Load Member

    May 13, 2021
    You need a louder horn. Get rid of that rinky-dink car horn and get an air horn, maybe one that plays Dixie. Either that or stop if you can. Your choice.
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