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Mik D.'s Comment
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Last night at TA in Montgomery, AL I saw a truck parked to my right about 10 parking spaces over that looked like it was blocking a way to route out of the TA. As I left after my 10, I noticed that truck/flatbed still there and joined by police as I pulled out....

The flatbed had done one of those truck stop turns (left) and cut it short and went into the passenger side front end of another truck. The truck hit looked like it was in a spot they created by parking at the end of a line of spots. I have always been told to avoid those end spots on lines, greater chance of getting hit....

Do others avoid those end spots? First time i saw an accident in a truck stop while police still involved. Wanted to get pictures but thought police might object๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Turtle's Comment
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I try to avoid the end spots for that very reason. Sure, it'll be someone else's fault if they hit me. But I still don't want the hassle or delay.

I'm curious where the liability would fall if the damaged truck was parked in a "make your own" or otherwise non designated parking spot. Who gets the official blame, the hitter or the hitee?

Chris M's Comment
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I absolutely hate that TA. It's one that I will actively avoid when at all possible. Always people playing the "make-a-spot" game at 15:00

andhe78's Comment
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I'm curious where the liability would fall if the damaged truck was parked in a "make your own" or otherwise non designated parking spot. Who gets the official blame, the hitter or the hitee?

This probably wonโ€™t answer your question, but that ticket I got early last year was failure to maintain lane when I scraped a guy in well marked no parking zone on an off ramp (and he was partially in my lane.) I got a ticket, he got no ticket, but it was thrown out in court.

PackRat's Comment
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The takeaway from this is try to not park on the end of a row, unless it's the back row, and NEVER, EVER park on any entrance/exit ramp or shoulder. Who gets the blame? I would bet the trucker that drove into the one parked incorrectly.

Turtle's Comment
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Yeah I feel the same. The driver who hit the parked vehicle should be to blame. Whether the truck is parked illegally or not you still need to control your rig. A wise man once said to "Watch your wagon."

Dave Reid's Comment
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I agree, that place is on my no stop list for multiple reasons

Last night at TA in Montgomery, AL I saw a truck parked to my right about 10 parking spaces over that looked like it was blocking a way to route out of the TA. As I left after my 10, I noticed that truck/flatbed still there and joined by police as I pulled out....

The flatbed had done one of those truck stop turns (left) and cut it short and went into the passenger side front end of another truck. The truck hit looked like it was in a spot they created by parking at the end of a line of spots. I have always been told to avoid those end spots on lines, greater chance of getting hit....

Do others avoid those end spots? First time i saw an accident in a truck stop while police still involved. Wanted to get pictures but thought police might object๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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If you ever have to park on an end space, (although I dislike it when people nose in), I would recommend nosing in if parking on the end of a row that trucks will be driving around. Better to have someone hit the end of your trailer than to take off your fender or hood. But yes, avoid the ends if possible.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Seems to me that parking is becoming an ever increasing problem. It's kinda sad when finding a suitable parking spot is becoming more of a concern than delivering the freight. Just my opinion.

Dave Reid's Comment
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If you ever have to park on an end space, (although I dislike it when people nose in), I would recommend nosing in if parking on the end of a row that trucks will be driving around. Better to have someone hit the end of your trailer than to take off your fender or hood. But yes, avoid the ends if possible.

Susan, a problem I've seen many times with that is that eventually, some clown will park adjacent/outside that end spot. Before the night is over two or three more trucks may sidle on in, and most truck stops don't do anything about it. So...when you're ready to leave in the am, now you have to back up into the thoroughfare with all lines of sight blocked.

Otherwise, I'd be all for your suggestion, but because of what happens more often than not, I wouldn't recommend it.

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