Interesting Video, What Are Your Thoughts?

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Bolt's Comment
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Stumbled across this at another site and was wondering how everyone on here would react.

Old School's Comment
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I'm going to put it this way...

I have taken measures to prevent this same scenario from happening to me many times. Therefore, I know from my experiences that this accident is preventable. We've had a similar discussion in here before, and there was definitely some disagreement among the ranks as to how people viewed this type accident.

Bolt's Comment
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I have read several discussions on here where somone has gotten into an accident that they thought was non preventable. After reading his or her comments I kind of agreed until later reading posts from OS, Brett, Errol, GTown, and others are realize that most all accidents are preventable. In this particular video I can see where the commercial driver should expect this to happen and prepare for it. The comments that followed this video where I found it were basically the pickup is in the wrong because he hit the truck, the pickup was supposed to merge......so forth and so on. If I am not mistaken most states have some sort of law that states if you do nothing to prevent an accident then you too can be cited. That seems to be where this falls.

Turtle's Comment
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My thoughts?

That's a nice ol Ford 4wd pickemup truck. It's a shame to see it wrestling with semis in the big city. It should be tromping through the woods, or blasting through a mud hole. Probably has the 302, but may even have the 351w. Sweet ride.

Perhaps I'm getting off topic....

Pianoman's Comment
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I think the semi or the pickup could have prevented it, so definitely a "preventable" for the semi driver. That said, I do think the pickup is more "at fault" than the semi driver.

PackRat's Comment
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Obviously a preventable accident. Always expect the unexpected. Always expect that the four wheeler is going to try to get in front at the last instant, whether there's enough room or not. City traffic can be the worst, especially if you are unfamiliar with the streets. My technique is driving at least 5-10 under the speed limit, and go slower through the intersection. Most drivers do not stop when making a "right on red". Definitely not if they have a chance to get in front of the big, slow semi.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Yes, it's on the p/u to merge, so he's technically at fault. However, being the professional driver, would you rather be right or avoid the headache of the accident ? Swallow your pride, let the idiot in, and continue on with your trip.

But let's get real for a min. If you're in a city with real traffic, you have more than just that pick up to look at. (I'm not saying that you shouldn't have your head on a swivel)

DAC:

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It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Top Tier Professional Drivers are able to anticipate and account for the mistakes and the lack of awareness of those around them. If you're truly a Top Tier Pro then you saw that situation coming from a mile away and adjusted for it long before that pickup truck would have tried merging.

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Rob S.'s Comment
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Yes, it's on the p/u to merge, so he's technically at fault. However, being the professional driver, would you rather be right or avoid the headache of the accident ? Swallow your pride, let the idiot in, and continue on with your trip.

But let's get real for a min. If you're in a city with real traffic, you have more than just that pick up to look at. (I'm not saying that you shouldn't have your head on a swivel)

This, exactly. Also, I would rather spend all day down shifting and braking for amateur drivers than spend five minutes with the safety department.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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