accidents

Close call with a straight truck on I-465 in Indianapolis

At approximately 2 minutes, 40 seconds, into the video, a collision with a straight truck making a merge just too close for comfort is avoided -- one close call for this driver in Indianapolis.

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When real life requires following the rules, even if it sucks

Or: How to get more drive time out of your e-log. Ever had to stop for a 10-hour break 30 minutes from the house? Wendy Parker: Been there, done that.

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Notes on sacrifice and accountability after N.J. tanker driver’s death

Defining 'sacrifice': What a now-deceased tanker driver did after a rooftop mattress and box springs that had come unsecured on the highway in front of him. The driver responsible for the bedding not charged.

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Pat Finley on catastrophic California accident: ‘A Monday I should have stayed in bed’

Trucker Pat Finley tells the story of an accident in California whose aftermath was video'd by a reporter: "I didn't have a dashcam, but if I did it would have been destroyed with the brand-new 2015 Peterbilt."...

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Updated: Readers react to ‘Suicide by truck’ cover feature probing the on-highway unthinkable

Several Overdrive readers responded to the magazine's "Suicide by truck" feature with stories of their own. If you have one you want to share, feel free to use the comments under this post.

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POLL: How common are so-called ‘suicide by truck’ events?

Following our recent 'Suicide by truck' package of stories, this poll probes the question of just how common the phenomenon might be -- what's been your knowledge of such events over the years?

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Wisconsin: Targeting enforcement for violations

Only one state does it better -- or in many truckers' perspectives, worse -- than Wisconsin. With more than 3 violations written for every inspection performed in 2014, the state closed in on category leader Connecticut.

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Michael Kimball presents ‘Pickup driver pulls out without looking.’

Says operator Kimball of this video: "This guy was talking to someone standing on the sidewalk and pulled right out in front of me, without looking. I stopped so close to him that I thought we might have traded paint." What happened next? Find out here...

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Brad Kuhn presents ‘You never know what’s going to come at you’

A close shave: "The driver said that he started to hydroplane and lost control. I'm glad that he jack knifed or it may have gotten ugly."

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‘Tampa T-Bone’ from SmartDrive’s Great Driving Insights series

If you’re running a road-facing dashcam of your own today, this video may just be further proof of what you already know — the power of on-highway video to exonerate a driver who’s doing things right in the event of an accident. The SmartDrive company typically works with fleets who wish to install both road- and driver-facing cameras. If you’re not running a road-facing dashcam of your own today, forward-facing cameras that are triggered to save ...

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