accidents

Merge gone bad — into the front right of Preston Lindsay’s daycab

Running down the list of extenuating factors in Lindsay's review of the accident takes quite a while longer than the second or two it took to happen, illustrating the well-developed instincts of the professional driver that can avoid making things worse in such circumstances.

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An open letter to one-horse news

"It's that time of year again, kids, when every single one-horse news rag in America sops up local viewers with fiery truck crashes and promises to show them something they 'absolutely will not believe' is happening on their highways."

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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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