Lane-changing Buick nails trailer’s rear — Could trucker have prevented it?

| May 02, 2014

preventable buick pizzaTruck driver John Doe was heading east on a three-lane one-way highway in Alabama, rolling along in the center lane, when he noticed a big cloud of smoke coming from up ahead in the left lane. 

The smoke, he soon noticed, was coming from the old tailpipe of a 1955 Buick Roadmaster that apparently had quite a thirst for 10W-40. 


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Doe rolled his window up to keep the smoke out of his cab and prepared the past the old sedan. 

About the same time, the driver of the Buick saw a sign for a pizza place two blocks up and zoomed into the center lane without a turn signal in an attempt to pull in. 

In the process, he slammed into Doe’s trailer, damaging the left rear wheel some. The old Buick was unscathed.

Doe later received a preventable-accident ruling from his carrier, which he promptly contested. 

The National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee made the final decision, ruling in favor of Doe, saying he could not have anticipated the wild lane-change by the driver of the Buick. 

This was an adaptation of Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s “Preventable or not?” series, which appears regularly on

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  • waltergro1

    Companies ALWAYS blame the driver. ..

  • Kevin J. Reidy

    Time-honored way to keep you from changing companies…make you poisonous to them by dinging your DAC.

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  • Samuel Gallezzo

    That is correct. As soon as I’ve found deception or recklessness on the part of the carrier I quit. I’ve had eight jobs in three years. Without exception every company is full of lying cocksuckers.

  • Raymond Brosious

    Don’t understand all the drivers who bi*ch about company’s. In a so far 42 year career, I’ve either leased or worked for only 4 different company’s. Left the first 3 on good terms. You get what you give. If you choose to work for some fly by night company, that’s your choice. Make wise choice, and do your home work and you’ll find good company’s. BTW, It takes usually at least a year with a new outfit before both you and them find the boundries. Like how far they can push you and how far you can push them. And trust me, EVERY company will try and see what they can get you to do befoore you say no. It’s the just the way it is. Also, don’t expect the best freight when your the newbie, you get the crap till they see if you can be trusted.

  • K Pletcher

    Nice language, really shows your professional side

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  • Mr. Safety

    I spent 27 years behind the wheel and am now working in the office and I must admit that it amazes me daily the things a driver will blame on the company. Believe it or not most companies, ours included, have better things to do than think up ways to screw our drivers. I’d love to year some examples of the things these 8 companies did to give you this opinion of all companies. My guess would be that if you’ve had that many issues with that many companies perhaps you need to look at the guy you shave with and be brutally honest with him about yourself.

  • Samuel Gallezzo

    You’re right. I have looked at what I’m doing wrong. It’s trusting what

  • Samuel Gallezzo

    You’re right. A company always reserves the right to dismiss a driver under the employment at will doctrine. However when a driver quits because he’s been lied to he does so at great detriment to his reputation and livelihood. Under the same rule a driver should be able to terminate employment for any reason at any time without any penalty as long as the driver delivers his current load and returns his equipment.
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