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    Elite Member jerrybob's Avatar
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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    It is important to secure your loads.....a few years ago a tire flew out of a pick-up up not to far from here and shattered a windshield......the passenger (young girl) is now blind in one eye. Other things happen out on the roads as well......about two weeks ago....the wife and I were returning from Calif. on I5.....while passing an 18 wheeler.....a tire blew out on his trailer as we were passing.....what an explosion.....scared the heck out of us....rubber flying everywhere.....one piece hit our windshield.....trailer started swerving.....all turned out OK but man that was scary!
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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    I have a Pilot Car service and escort for oversized loads. I was escorting for a load out of Savannah the other day and we ran up on a large moving dolly that had fell off a delivery truck. Fortunately it was on a four lane section of the road.

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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    Many years ago I was driving on a freeway in San Diego and right in the middle of the freeway sits a small compact car on top of a wheel and tire from an 18 wheeler. Tire was dead center under the car with all 4 wheels off the ground.

    About a quarter mile down there was a semi on the side. Bet it was an Oh Sugar moment for him!

    I didn't see any damage to the car, but I bet his shorts were damaged!

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    Many years ago I was in the right lane of a 3 lane spot of I5, tractor trailer in the center lane ahead of me moved over to the left to avoid a rather large deceased deer in the lane. Car that was hanging onto his mudflaps didn't have anywhere to go, hamburger and fur was flying. I always try to leave a good following margin, especially behind rigs that completely block the view of what's ahead.
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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    There's a fine line here. Loosing a loaded item is an accident and may or may not be negligent.

    But is it anymore negligent than a semi driver trying to get every mile possible from a set of tires and has a blowout that causes a wreck? Or the thousands of trucks that leave tire casings on the highway everyday?

    I've hit tire casings that lifted my car off the ground and busted my shocks...who do I charge?

    Then there's the bad driver who panics and swerves around an empty cardboard box, hitting the car next to him.

    I understand how you could cite a guy for loosing a ladder? But not charge him with anything more than failure to secure his load, DUI or littering.

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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    Apparently the police don't know when the ladder was dropped.

    If it flew off and hit the car immediately behind the person with the ladder, then the person should have noticed a multi-car pileup behind him, and stopped.

    However, if it had been on the roadway for some time (minutes, or hours), then the drivers on the freeway should have been operating their vehicle in a safe fashion and been able to respond to obsticals. No different from a chunk of a tire or anything else on the road. Or animals?

    I've stopped to drag a chair out of the middle of the freeway in the past, but during rush hour on a busy road, people could have been swerving around that ladder for quite some time.

    How many semi tracks go over the middle of it?

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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    Yea....those log trucks can be scary and a few of them drive a bit faster than legally allowed. Saw a guy dump his load up near Hoquiam two years ago......luckily.....nobody injured.
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    I was talking with a train engineer about different stuff he had been in collision with while working. You'd think a train would always come out on top in any collision but he said the absolute worse thing was a loaded logging truck. Apparently the logs will swing around and be parallel to the engine and literally slide down the sides of the engine and they can rip the sides off the cab they operate from.

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    Default Re: But for the grace of God....this could be one of us....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mace Canute View Post
    I was talking with a train engineer about different stuff he had been in collision with while working. You'd think a train would always come out on top in any collision but he said the absolute worse thing was a loaded logging truck. Apparently the logs will swing around and be parallel to the engine and literally slide down the sides of the engine and they can rip the sides off the cab they operate from.



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