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Old 03-05-2015, 12:54 PM   #51
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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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Old 03-05-2015, 01:00 PM   #52
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Close your eyes and listen to the trucks engine....

It holds constant. There's a second long deceleration as the car attempts to merge. I believe the trucker thinks in that moment of deceleration the car will take the right lane back--yet doesn't-- and continues his previous rpm. Then the accident happens. Overall, the truck's rpm doesn't change, I don't feel he accelerated as much as it is an optical illusion looking like he is. My $.02


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Old 03-05-2015, 01:12 PM   #53
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At 0:16 the truck was responding to the vw by moving left prior to the vw crossing the white line. The truck appeared to properly not over react with excessive braking that could have caused an another wreck between whatever was being air towed behind his trailer (OTR drafting) that we don't see. I see the rig keeping up with the speed of traffic, no intent to excel (I did not a hear audio reporting a speed up either), others may differ.

I would talk pretty hard to the OTR about the fact that his flasher should have gone on when he began to move left and we should be hearing a constant horn from the rig on the audio.

I may have cited improper lane change and reckless driving to the vw, if there were no injuries. With injuries I would have only cited lane change viloations, and asked for BAC after transport. The reckless driving cite would include examination for impaired driving.

The citation(s) if any has as much to do with prior record and the LEO interview as anything else. Whoops and sorry does help, honestly in all comments. The VW issue could be one of many simple mistakes we make daily, just at a deadly wrong time.

The truck would likely have their logs reviewed by a dotcop in most states. OTR driver outcomes are based more on data record accuracy over the interview. Given collabrative negative input from those who report as witness behind the accident and the logs would picked apart word by word....

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Old 03-05-2015, 01:20 PM   #54
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Truck driver should have had his butt in the right lane so traffic didn't have to go around.
Disagree - the truck was passing another truck which puts him in the left lane.

Just another example of some idiot (car driver) trying to bulldozer his way to save a few seconds. I can just about guarantee that the small amount of time he would have saved was wiped out afterwards.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:13 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by l001952119 View Post
Turbs: In response to your question, an idiot or even a well educated monkey could determine the car was at fault! PERIOD!!!

The car made an unsafe lane change in front of the apparent truck located in left lane. The car is 100% at fault and violated the state law for lane changes.

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Old 03-05-2015, 04:21 PM   #57
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If you watch the video the transport truck is gaining on the blue pickup through the whole video. The truck driver did not speed up. As for not leaving enough space the first car that passed and pulled in front of the truck driver took away his safe space. I had the same thing happen to me while towing but I was in the driving lane and a small car pulled back in front of me a put on the brakes. I stopped with less the 1/2 inch between the two vehicles. If I had hit the car in front who would be at fault? It would have been me for hitting the person from behind. Was it my fault I would have to say no. I was slowing for a construction site and trying to leave a safe stopping distance between me and the car in front.
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VW gets the ticket. I was a semi truck driver for over 20 years. 6 of those we're hauling gas , diesel & jet fuel in a 9200 gal. tanker. Have been in that situation more times then I care to remember.

The VW after hitting the truck also takes out a tire on the forward tandem axel of the truck to his right. You can see it smoke and then watch the truck pull over in the distance.

VW is lucky he wasn't pushed under the truck to his right.
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The other side of the issue is, which driver had the last opportunity to avoid the accident?

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Interesting discussions and viewpoints in this thread! Can see how folks argue emotional aspects and distinct aspects of the laws governing the privilege of driving in the US as well as from perspective of experience behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle versus a semi. I personally feel that anyone who has taken a defensive driving course, especially a true behind the wheel course, would arrive at a uniform conclusion...

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