Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Apostolic, Dec 23, 2016.
Media grandstanding it again? 4 nissans damaged, costing,"hundreds of thousands of dollars"?
True enough,thats the sloppy reporting,BIG R GUY,you would think that much moneys worth.
Those cars would have been Bentley's,or Lambo's.
I would have thought a 14 ft. clearance would be enough to clear most any load.
That is true IF HE would have lowered the top decks down , don't look like he had anything in the bottom so he could have had his decks all the way down ready to unload, It could be that amount since these are all complete loss's plus the bridge inspection and clean up of the roadway. That's why you use the GOAL system (get out and look)
Maybe this guy needs to retrain into another career. Driving requires some thinking & apparently he doesn't posses that skill.
As a former UPS Freight safety trainer I can tell crashes other than weather related,medical,or mechanical are all driver error.
Most driver error is caused by not being focused on path of travel & surroundings.
I worked under a supervisor that was of the opinion that all accidents were preventable. That statement is true but it is not always preventable by the commercial driver. He can't prevent an adverse driver from going to sleep at the wheel or driving while distracted or driving while impaired.
I have known a few professional drivers that drove millions of miles with no accidents but some drivers were as good but were involved in accidents beyond their control. I was hit from the rear by a driver that was asleep. The only way I could have prevented that accident was to not have been there.
I know what you mean DCM_Doc,the last crash I had before I retired was ruled non-preventable.
When I wrote up the crash report my explanation ended with.
The only way I could have avoided this crash was to of stayed home & let someone else take my route.
And your last sentence says pretty much what many insurance companies now do... put part of the blame on you,maybe 30 percent,just because you were there, even though it was not your fault...... That just tells me that the insurance industry is all sleeping together too...just like oil,and the phone companies...
I grew up in western New York and I believe they used to lie about the height of state bridges to save lawsuits. A 13'6 was marked 12'6. Anyone remember from 50 years ago?
Well what do you know,its a small world Chucklotto I lived,in small rural village in Central New York all of my life.
As well as being a city driver for 45 years,driving in a 6 county radius of Rochester,NY.
I know most of New York State bridges are usually marked a foot shorter then the actual height.
Now this is what I've been told from a few sources, is the state does that to take in account for the winter when the frost raises the road surface.
I've never really looked into the actual reason,I don't know if Googling it would get to the truth,or not?
Didn't run NY much but was told they measure from the sidewalk up,and if I had any questions I would just look at my route sheet and make sure that's where i was supposed to go
I grew up in Salamanca, and the one everyone had to go around was on RTE 17.