Surprise at night.

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Trucking in Tennessee, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Almost happened to me this morning. You'd think the dumb #### would have realized his lights were off when he couldn't read the speedometer in the dark. People are braindead these days.
     
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  3. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Well, it sure looks like the driver was overdriving his headlights, if not outright speeding.

    Anyone on the oncoming side give a hollar on the CB about the lightless truck?

    Driver in the accident vehicle even HAVE a CB to hear such a warning?

    Driver of the flatbed even THINK about pulling over and setting out triangles, as already mentioned?

    Scary $#!^.
     
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  4. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Some of these new cars the instrument panels are actually let up regardless of lights
     
  5. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    No reason to stop in the middle of the road even if the truck looses all power and just shuts down right on the spot. You can coast onto the shoulder.

    Unless maybe you are climbing a 6% grade only doing 15mph when it shuts down.
     
  6. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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  7. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    Maybe it had truck lights, but the pigtail came out. I have seen several of the bottom feeder mega's driving down the road with no trailer lights on at all...and they don't train their drivers to look in the mirrors anymore to see if there is an issue.
     
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  8. zaroba

    zaroba Heavy Load Member

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    That is quite scary.
    Sometimes can predict things like this by seeing other lights vanish and reappear, but doesn't seem to be the case here.

    But...dashcams don't see at night as easily as people. And they will dim the overall picture so a bright light shining at them (such as headlights) is reduced to an acceptible level for the sensor and video. Sorta makes me wonder if fatigue or distraction caused a delayed reaction.

    However the human eye can do the same thing. Light shining in your face, you wont see what is right behind it.
     
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  9. Wasted Thyme

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    Wait. There are rear view mirrors? I wasn't told that.
     
  10. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

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    You caught me. One early morning I left at 2 AM. Truck was fine so I headed on down the road. About 5 miles down the road some guy in the CB told me I had no trailer lights. I was lucky and there was an exit very close. So I pulled off and looked at the harness going into the trailer and it was tight. I wiggled it and no lights. I went back and got some WD-40 and sprayed the plug. Nothing. So I called dispatch and told them I had no lights. The guy came in about 30 minutes and said you didn't check the back of the cab did you? Right then the light went on in my head. I shamefully said no. He said that was the problem. He was a nice guy and wrote it up as something else. Really stupid, but I never made the same mistake again.

    Yours truly,
    Bottom Feeder
     
  11. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

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    They graduated from a swift academy
     
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