USX accident, your opinion?

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  1. chalupa

    chalupa Road Train Member

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    This morning a US Express laid over on US 69. Had a load of palatalized bleach. Conditions were dark and rainy with a temp in the low 40's.

    Its reported a 4 wheeler hit the center K wall in the rain, spun and bounced off landing in the interstate. Along comes USX, doesn't see the dead car, whammo and lays over.

    They obviously had to unload the bleach boxes to upright the unit etc.

    Do you think the truck driver is a victim here or is there something he could have done, different to avoid this situation?
     
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  3. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

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    As a professional driver we are supposed to expect the unexpected so it will always be the drivers fault. It is a dangerous profession, you can drive 7 million miles without any mishaps then get one crazy giving you one and your 7 million miles do not matter anymore and you the bad driver,,all for having a 70 hr work week and being away from home.
     
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  4. pattyj

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    If USX was within seconds of when the car spun then USX didn't have time to react.But if he was within braking and stopping distance then he should have stopped.I've always kept plenty of following distance and looked far ahead at all times.
     
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  5. chalupa

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    Agreed, allegedly the car was long dead before he came along. Houston is pretty slow about getting folks out to deal with something like this. ( The 4 wheeler )
     
  6. pattyj

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    If that's the case then usx should have started slowing down once he seen something on the road.I never did like driving at night when it rains.
     
  7. NewbiusErectus

    NewbiusErectus Medium Load Member

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    I always look at it this way, if there's a stopped vehicle in the road and I hit it, it's gonna be my fault. Regardless of whether their lights were out, or if there's heavy fog, snow, rain, dark, blinding sun.. or whatever. If I can't stop, I was driving too fast for the distance I can clearly see.

    You see it all the time in the fog. People just keep on truckin the speed limit just because they can see the fog line and/or zipper, even though it's impossible to see 100 feet ahead.
     
  8. drvrtech77

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    From what I Could see was the car was just over the crest in the overpass at 3 o'clock in the morning and left the car in the center of the freeway and walked away to go get help Allegedly and us express came upon it... Frankly the operator of the car is a moron because from all news reports he spun out but did not hit anything and left his car in the middle of the freeway.
     
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    When it's dark, wet roads suck the reflection right out of headlights. Its very easy to not notice how much you can't see ahead of you.

    I ran over a roadkill deer once when I was young. It was laying right in the rut and I didn't even see it until it was too late to do anything about it. Wasn't speeding, wasn't distracted, just going too fast although it didn't seem like it at the time. Wet roads can be shockingly deceptive.
     
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  10. pmdriver

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    Does not matter it states that vehicle must be driven under control at all times no matter what so it really is both drivers fault but the idiot that left car in the middle of road, no lights on should have a special sentence, like learn thinking before waking and still again learn how to think.
     
  11. chalupa

    chalupa Road Train Member

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    Have an update...no injuries to either driver and the mule was contract not company. Its a white KW with like a gold bird on the door. ( just saw the video of them standing it up )

    They used a Kubota trac loader to scoop up the bleach and toss it in a dumpster.
     
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