Mercury whacks rig’s fender in intersection — Could trucker have prevented it?

| August 08, 2014

Preventablepg74-1Truck driver John Doe was traveling along about 55 mph on a one-way road. He was in the far left lane and was approaching the in intersection with Route 4. The light turned green ahead of Doe’s arrival, and his lane had no traffic.

He had decelerated to 35 mph before entering the intersection, where vehicles in the center and right lanes started to move into the intersection.

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Suddenly, a green Mercury Cougar in the middle lane caught Doe’s eye, and its turn signal was flashing.

Doe realized the Cougar was about to jump across the front of his rig to take the left onto Route 4, and he hit the brakes, sounded his horn and swerved to the left.

The car’s driver, however, tried the maneuver anyway, slamming into Doe’s right front fender. Everyone was OK, though not happy.

To Doe’s surprise, he received a preventable accident warning from his safety director, which he contested. The National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee was asked to make the final verdict, and it ruled quickly in Doe’s favor. The NSC said there was nothing Doe could have done to avoid being hit by the Mercury.

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

  • jon

    I just had a guy strike my mirror while I was waiting for a train on a street. The safety director here is totally off base.

  • Jim Allen

    Why was the truck in the left lane? Could the center lane legally make the left turn? If so truck was a fault.

  • fishnman

    Right Jim. The National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee must have missed that little detail in deciding he wasn’t at fault.

  • Charles D. Pullen

    It says it is a one way road. That means all 3 lanes goes the same way. In that case it would be illegal for the center lane to make a left.

  • Jim Allen

    I don’t see what one way has to do with it Charles. I’ve been on one way roads with center lane turn capability. Off ramps are typically one way and in heavier traffic areas and the ramps usually have center lane turning.

  • Kevin

    As long as there are no lane restrictions, he can be in whatever lane he wants. Normally we stick to the right two lanes, but there is no law against it. Perhaps he needed to make a left further up and was just being prepared. There are a number of reasons for him to be in that lane.

  • neidig123

    Really!!!??? When is the industry, fleet owners, DMV, going to step up and mandate drivers education system that demonstrates the interaction of big rigs and smaller vehicles? I have said for some time that new drivers ( and those that have to re-test ) should use a system patterend after a video game where sit in seat with steering wheel and video screen in front of you simulating different driving situations. Would solve a lot of problems. (Although you can’t fix STUPID!!)

  • jr

    Jim you really don’t understand anything about driving.

  • Marvin Thayer

    Tell me Jim, in what reality other than yours id the driver at fault when the other driver runs into him. This preventable non-preventable BS is someone’s wet dream to side step liability. All accidents are preventable, only if you are not there. Other than that the probability that an accident will occur is high. If a driver does all they can to prevent an accident then they are not at fault/

  • Mike Loveall

    MAYBE HE WAS GOING TO MAKE A LET TURN A SHORT DISTANCE AHEAD, SO HE WAS GETTING PREPARED, THERE WERE NO LET TURN ARROWS ON THE TRAFFIC LANES SO NO LET TURN FROM CENTER LANE, WHY ARE EVERY ONE ALWAYS TRYING TO BLAME THE TRUCK DRIVER FOR EVERY THING!! 86% OF AL CAR TRUCK ACCIDENTS ARE THE CARS FAULT. THAT’S THE STATISTIC!! DID YOU SEE THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN!!!GUESS NOT!!

  • Mike Loveall

    DID YOU SEE THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES, AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN!! APPARENTLY NOT WITH THAT STUPID REASONING!!

  • Jim Allen

    Welp, it’s been fun in here. Just like the CB. You do realize you are looking at a cartoon mock-up? Double yellow lines, seriously? Is this a entrance to a theme park? So I guess the one traffic light to left is a accurate depiction also? So going by your logic the car in the right lane can’t turn right because he has a straight arrow, the route 4 traffic does not have a signal so that traffic can just plow into anybody leaving that intersection on a green light that by the way, only the trucker could see in this fantasy land that you think is real. So hate to break it to you but Tom & Jerry are not a real cat & mouse either. Making some adult assumptions and not taking the side of the trucker because your a super trucker a question was asked and there is not enough information to answer it with 100% accuracy. Forget it’s a truck in the left lane. It is possible that the center lane could have the right to make the left turn. Now if that part is possible and it is, the far left vehicle would have to be in the center or right lane to continue straight That would make the far left lane in the wrong if he was going straight. Although the driver was cleared listen to what he said.

    “Suddenly, a green Mercury Cougar in the middle lane caught Doe’s eye, and its turn signal was flashing”

    -Super Truckers can you see the turn signal of a car to your right in daylight? It’s daylight because the cartoon says so.Unless the car was sitting at the light and the driver saw the signal from behind the vehicle as he approached the intersection and in that case he should have known he had a problem anyway.

    Doe realized the Cougar was about to jump across the front of his rig to take the left onto Route 4, and he hit the brakes, sounded his horn and swerved to the left.

    -Ok all that happened, that’s a lot of noise and time

    The car’s driver, however, tried the maneuver anyway, slamming into Doe’s right front fender.

    -The car had to see and hear all the commotion but proceeded into the truck anyway. OK could happen and probably did. I’ve seen worse.

    I only said if the center lane had left turn options the Truck or whatever vehicle in the left lane would be in the wrong and that’s a fact. Try some decaf and open your mind a bit or drink your caffeinated drinks and believe cartoons are real, I don’t really care

  • Shawn

    Everytime I deliver to downtown LA, I find myself in the left lane on a one way street, making a left turn onto another one way street. Happens all the time Jim. And that looks like a blue car, the description says green. And double yellow lines don’t normal separate traffic lanes. Just sayin’.

  • Jim Allen

    Shawn, downtown LA is a perfect example. Familiar with the Wilmington Ave exit off 91 west bound in Compton? The above drawing is that intersection and many other exits in LA. (except route 4 would be 4 lanes not two) There are three lanes on that exit all the way to light. Right turns right, center lane can go straight OR turn left and left lane must turn left. As I’m sure you know if your in truck you MUST make the left turn from the center lane or you going to hit people when you swing out to make the turn. Of course if your in a two lane to two lane turn you would be in the left lane, The simple fact is “IF” the center lane had left turn capability and “ANY” vehicle in the left lane continued straight they would be in the wrong. Again the drawing is a cartoon mock up. Forget the colors and the double yellow lines, it’s not accurate crime scene reproduction .

  • Jim Allen

    Wrong

  • Jim Allen

    You really don’t understand anything about reading and retention

  • Jim Allen

    See many double yellow lines laid out like that at three lane intersections in your travels? Didn’t think so, it’s a drawing, a cartoon, NOT real. The graphic artist needed lines and chose yellow lines, Get over it

  • Jim Allen

    Again with the double yellow lines, Not real, get it. If it was real and it’s not you could never make a lane change legally. The graphic artist chose double yellow lines. I don’t know why, I guess he was out of solid white lines which it should be at a intersection. Caps lock on and calling me stupid. Your really a angry guy. Been in few accidents yourself?

  • Jim Allen

    I don’t see how the driver’s own company blaming the driver is side skirting liability but whatever.

  • Deez Nuts

    Will someone please redraw this with white dotted lines so it makes sense? Maybe then y’all will stop arguing about an imaginary intersection in an imaginary town that had an imaginary accident involving two imaginary drivers?

  • Marvin Thayer

    In a civil suit, the company can blame it on the driver, and lessens their liability. Also, if they blame the driver then the score goes against the driver and not the Carrier. There are law issues. Particularly now with the CSA, nonsense.

  • Marvin Thayer

    Jim, if the graphic artist was trying to show lines, don’t you think they would make them the correct lines, considering the lines on the cross street are dotted? Really the graphic artist rendering argument is moot at this point.

  • Jim Kennedy

    unless they were double solid whites.

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