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Old 08-24-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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Crazy Distracted / Impaired Driver Close Calls

As of today I have been on the road 42 days!😎 In those 42 days I've had one close calls and would have resulted in a bad accident had I not been paying attention and been a bit lucky. Another close call came on I-90 in South Dakota when an 18 wheeler almost took my driver's side mirror off. Had I not backed off and hit the brakes he would have. He come into my lane about 2ft before he woke up and got back in his lane.

The really bad close call happened this past Saturday traveling east on I-80 in Nebraska I noticed a car sitting on the shoulder at the very end of an entrance ramp. While approaching the end of the ramp I noticed a car accelerating to merge and then at the last instant the car on the shoulder pulled out in front of the car trying to merge. I was in the middle lane and hit the brakes hard just as the accelerating car swerved into my lane to avoid hitting the idiot
pulling onto an interstate lane doing
about 10 mph. The accelerating car missed hitting my front end by maybe 10ft. and ended up in the outside lane just gaining control before going into the median! 😱

After about 2 miles the car that almost caused a bad accident went
flying by with the driver yacking
on the phone!😡 My daughter tells me I need to get a dash camera to protect myself. After this trip I may just do that.

That's the closest call, this trip, however in 3,500 miles I have seen some really stupid distracted driving. Anyone else have a close call this year, caused by a distracted driver?

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Old 08-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #2
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Yea, his past weekend on the way to the campground a car had been stopped on the side of the road, we were going 60 - 65 miph, and the car with less than 50 feet between us pulled out, we had to slam on the breaks, there was two cars in the other lane so there was no moving over for us. Then on the way home from a nice campout another car flips a u right in front of us and moves into our lane again we can't move over. Do these people really think you can stop a rig on a dime??

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Old 08-24-2016, 03:50 PM   #3
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Close calls. Glad everyone is safe. I just got a dash cam for that reason. Now I need to figure out how to use it.
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:58 PM   #4
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:43 PM   #5
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Close calls. Glad everyone is safe. I just got a dash cam for that reason. Now I need to figure out how to use it.
I'm with ya! My daughter is in insurance and she tells me I need one to protect myself from people that get in accidents to make money! Why anyone would take that chance to make money is beyond me but the world is full of i̶d̶i̶o̶t̶s̶ Um, I mean distracted people.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:59 PM   #6
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Obviously dash cams can't protect you from physical injury but they can save you from financial injury. If an accident happens, there can be significant differences in perception of the events leading to the accident. I found out the hard way that my "word" didn't count any more than the guy who rammed my car.

He claimed that I pulled in front of him while I made a left turn. In reality he was stopped on the side of the road when I started the turn. He accelerated into the right side of my car. I got a ticket because he supposedly had the right of way.

I'm convinced he did it on purpose but had/have no way of proving that he was pulled over and stopped. If I had a dash cam, I could have had him arrested for ramming us.

I don't drive a car without at least one dash cam running.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:15 PM   #7
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Yes dash cams almost a must these day. I have two: one forward and one looking behind truck......too many close calls over the years....
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I drive the interstates in and around St. Louis to get to work. I have seen Chicago, LA, and San Fran. They have a multiplier on STL.

I had traveled past a van that had been on the shoulder of the interstate for over one week. One morning I was traveling in the direction that took me past that van. The youngster in front of me was doing the makeup thing and drifting over the white line regularly. I kept my distance as I had to be in this lane for the second exit.

Sure enough, the drivers pattern did not change and I moved one lane to the left approaching the van. She miraculously glanced off of the left rear corner of the the van van and came over 1 and a half lanes. I did my best and crowded the third lane to miss her.

Bottom line. The driver gassed it to the next exit and was lost from my sight. The MO state policeman to my left wagged his finger at me with anger. Seems I blocked his view of what was going on.

My take away from this is, the shoulder is not safe.

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Old 08-24-2016, 07:14 PM   #9
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I highly recommend a dash cam. Insurance companies WILL ALWAYS side with what their insured party says. NO MATTER HOW SILLYOR ILLOGICAL WHAT THEY SAY IS!

The best unaltered (free of street lawyer input) statement is in a police report shortly after the incident happens. What happens when someone goes home is they call people. They go to forums. They get very poor advice on what to do. When they call their insurance adjustertheir story is even more innocent from the time they called the claims representative. The insurance adjustor has to takend there word, and side with their insured in their findings. If not THEY LOSE THEIR CUSTOMER. Both insurance companies then submit their findings of fault and percentages due from the other insurance company. They rarely agree. These claims are then sent to arbitration who then decides which company should pay more. (51/49, 80/20, 99/1, etc). This is all done behind the scenes from you.

The one silent, and true witness is a video camera. It is free of human nature and shows waht happened (in front of the camera of course). Yes, it can "screw you" somewhat after the fact simply because you cannot embellish, skew, or make up the facts.

For the most part, RV'ers do not create havoc on the roadway. We are pulling a significant investment and have a vested interst at arriving at our destination without incidents (ie your vacation). We generally don't do the stupid stuff on the road and it sure is nice to had over a recording to the police and insurance showing you were minding your own business and Rickey Bobby is the cause of all of the mayhem.
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Driving to Bristol this past weekend on highway 81, we were following a semi that was all over the road. At one point he was inches from hitting the guard rail on the right at the top of a steep incline. He straightened out and less than a mile later he swerved out of the right lane across the left lane, into the shoulder and almost hit the median. When he got it under control, we found a straight away with a good left shoulder and flew past the truck. Turns out he was texting. Really?

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