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Old 03-05-2015, 01:13 PM   #41
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Here in Texas we have the right to the left lane just like cars for passing.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:14 PM   #42
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Both at fault as the film shows, truck should not have been travelling in the left lane, film shows right lane has no traffic, VW should not have moved into left lane until it was safe to do so and as the camera shows it was not because the truck sped up but the VW tried to force his way in and it did not go well.
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Interesting. The truck seems to have crossed a solid yellow line. I wonder what the rules are for that. He then continues to drive at what appears to be the same rate of speed and does not check his speed after crossing the yellow line. His defense is that the VW pushed him into it. Would prudent driving dictate that he slow down once he crossed the solid yellow line?

This is a hard one.

Clearly the truck should have yielded in a defensive driving move to avoid an accident. Regardless of who is right and wrong, you need to drive defensively so this stuff does not happen. I think he was just trying to be a bully. He was bigger and was not going to let the VW in. The VW was wrong also by forcing his way in. The mistake the VW made was not getting in front of the guy. Then it would have been a rear end accident.

This is a tough one.

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Old 03-05-2015, 01:25 PM   #44
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At the end you can hear him say "I gotta go, bye-bye." So he was probably on the phone.
I was looking for someone to mention this. It better have been hands free in Illinois.
Here in Il. they will check your cellfone.
Both drivers fall into the dumb driver section imo.
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Old 03-05-2015, 01:26 PM   #45
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Interesting. The truck seems to have crossed a solid yellow line. I wonder what the rules are for that. He then continues to drive at what appears to be the same rate of speed and does not check his speed after crossing the yellow line. His defense is that the VW pushed him into it. Would prudent driving dictate that he slow down once he crossed the solid yellow line?

This is a hard one.

[b]Clearly the truck should have yielded in a defensive driving move to avoid an accident. [?b]Regardless of who is right and wrong, you need to drive defensively so this stuff does not happen. I think he was just trying to be a bully. He was bigger and was not going to let the VW in. The VW was wrong also by forcing his way in. The mistake the VW made was not getting in front of the guy. Then it would have been a rear end accident.

This is a tough one.

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Why?

Is it harder for the car to slow down or is it easier for the truck?

The tuck has set the stage, it has held the left lane and maintained speed with that traffic ahead of it.

Would have been real easy for the car to get behind the truck and maintained flow of the left lane.
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I see that also Fred Idaho.

I guess my initial reaction was that I saw the rear of the VW with its blinker on. I interpreted that to mean that the VW was ahead of the truck at that point. The VW may have had room to squeeze in (so very wrong on all accounts but possible). Then that window closed and the accident soon followed. If the VW was ahead, could the truck not have slowed?

I guess you just cannot fix stupid. Two strong willed individuals came across each other and broke a law of physics. This reminds me of a childhood fable - The Obstinate goats.

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I was looking for someone to mention this. It better have been hands free in Illinois.
Here in Il. they will check your cellfone.
Both drivers fall into the dumb driver section imo.
Kudos to the other truck driver who moved outta the way.
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The VW cut in front. Putting a blinker on does not give you the right of way. Which makes the VW at fault. I think the truck was not paying close attention to his surroundings due to the fact he was talking on the phone. Both driver could have prevented the accident buy driving defensively.
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The tuck has set the stage, it has held the left lane and maintained speed with that traffic ahead of it.
If the truck would've maintained his speed the accident wouldn't have happened. It sure looks like he sped up to not let the VW in.


Also FWIW, the truck wasn't maintaining a very good following distance from the vehicle in front of him either.
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