Trucker plows through 2 highway patrol cruisers, going to fast for conditions

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Greenbug, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. TankerP

    TankerP Heavy Load Member

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    This how I see things when I’m out there. I know for a fact that as a commercial driver, if I rear end somebody the heat will be on me. It will be my fault until proven otherwise. I also know that if I get rear ended I will have a fighting chance. I know this because I have been rear ended twice and I was set clear both times. No mus no fuss.
    When the visibility goes down and pulling over to a safe spot is not an option, I slow it down to a speed where if I see something in front of me, I can stop safely and not hit it. My forward speed is directly proportional to how fast I can step on the breaks. In other words, I make sure I’m not the one doing the hitting. I believe that goes under the philosophy of don’t hit anything.
     
  2. Omega1

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    You sir are exactly right and I agree. If you rear end someone, you are going to be at fault....you were not in control of your vehicle. I don't make the rules, but those are the rules. Good post TankerP
     
  3. Bud A.

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    I've had to sit for three days this week because of weather, and it seems likely that I'll have to sit part of tomorrow because of weather, especially since Wyoming is getting in the habit of shutting down the roads before the 70-truck pileups happen. I'm not making any money. I delivered a load two days late on Saturday -- one of less than a handful of times that I've ever been late with any load. I'm hoping I can get up to the oil patch in North Dakota on time this week, but if I can't, their load will be late too.

    I'm sorry, but racing the clock is no excuse to drive through stuff you know you should stay out of. And yeah, it's really gonna suck trying to dig out of this hole financially, but that's better than trying to dig out of the financial hole created when you wreck your truck. It's just a job, not a contest.

    There are things I'd love to change about the HOS. For example, I think the 14-hour rule is stupid, and I don't see why I can't take two 15-minute breaks every 8 hours instead of one 30-minute break. But HOS is not a good excuse for driving too fast for conditions.
     
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  4. Omega1

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    I understand and feel your pain Bud A. I'm in Denver and next load is heading West across the 80. Hang in there driver.
     
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  5. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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  6. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

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    Their not all horrible.


    I extended my 14the other night with a AG exempt.


    Beat tired beyond tired. Backed into another trailer at a grocery depot , 10 grand later


    Knew better but dispatch needed a favor. I fricked up big time
     
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  7. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Quebec wants to leave Canada and move south.
     
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  8. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    That sucks. :(
     
  9. sealevel

    sealevel Road Train Member

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    That driver is the very reason when the weather is bad I just park close to beer and a good steak.

    It was 100% his fault. You never drive faster than what you can stop. Blaming the cops is lame. They probably would have appreciated not getting run over by a so called "proffesional truck driver".
    The guy was moron.
     
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  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Brother I couldn't have said it better
     
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