Truck driver John Doe pulled into Cowboy Bill’s All-Beef Burgers to deliver a load of beef patties, finding space in the drive-through area next to the restaurant’s service door.
He put no fewer than five bright orange cones around the area as a precautionary measure.
Doe was sitting listening to the radio and waiting to be unloaded when — WHAM — a chevy pick-up turned around the corner of the restaurant and slammed into the trailer on Doe’s cab.
The pickup’s driver jumped out and immediately began accusing Doe of backing into her. Doe almost laughed, as the pickup driver had knocked down some of his cones en route to plowing into his trailer.
Much to Doe’s surprise — and annoyance — he received a preventable-accident letter from his carrier. Doe contested, and the National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee was asked to give a final ruling.
NSC ruled quickly in Doe’s favor, saying he had no control over the zealous pickup driver.
This was an adaptation of Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s “Preventable or not?” series, which appears regularly on CCJdigital.com.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.