Fell Off A Truck Tuesday!

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Once, I apparently forgot that I was in a truck. I opened the door, and just stepped out, and proceeded to do an improvised tuck and roll. While in my mind it was a graceful maneuver, another driver, after he asked if I was OK, proceeded to tell me that was the funniest thing he ever saw.

Another time, while unloading at a Walmart store (collecting stickers), my foot got tangled in the plastic wrap. That was basically a body slam, taking a few layers of skin off my knee and elbow. Thanks to the trailer floor being "grooved." there were no witnesses to eliminate, to that epic fall.

Both incidents helped me to be more aware of my surroundings. Hard lessons, to be sure.

Glad to hear you are no worse for the wear.

Marc Lee's Comment
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PJ's Comment
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Marc glad you were not hurt bad, but things happen. I had a 500 lb headstone fall over on my left foot a couple years ago. It knocked me off the trailer face first in a mud hole and broke my foot. I was thankful it was a stepdeck instead of a flatbed trailer. I rode from Houston to San Antonio with a 10 lb bag of ice on it. Took me a few werks to recover from that.


A stepdeck , also referred to as "dropdeck", is a type of flatbed trailer that has one built in step to the deck to provide the capabilities of loading higher dimensional freight on the lower deck.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Wow! Thanks for sharing everyone! Seems it is possible to survive such things and "keep on truckin'!"

I figure I fell about 5' - 5.5' or so from a "hanging" position (pretty much flat on my back... slightly to the left). Really can't imagine just stepping out or being pulled off the seat! Trucks are high... ground is hard! Slippery gloves do not belong on hands in a truck!

Susan D. 's Comment
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I got a good one for you Marc.. my other half got home yesterday for home time. He's been driving over 20 years. Anywho, he got his shower, is coming out of the bathroom wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. He is ALL SKINNED UP. Legs, Knees, elbows, arms. I see all that and ask him if he's okay and what happened to him? We both do dry van but he was a flatbedder for years and you know how they say flatbedders are a special kind of crazy. Honestly he looks like he's been in a fight. Yeah he was in a fight alright. A fight with the shop floor at our terminal in cedar rapids, and then later the same day apparently fell out of his truck. Maybe he'll begin using 3 points of contact again when exiting a truck lol. He's quite tall and has very long legs.. he can literally enter a trailer by just walking up the icc bar and into the back of a trailer and often enters and exits his truck the same way (think "look Ma, no hands").. just using the steps like a set of stairs.

Hard headed men, sheesh. But at least he's not hurt or even limping, but he's a mess of skinned areas and scabs.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Steven E.'s Comment
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I guess this happens to everyone at one time or another. I'm really glad it wasn't more serious in your case.

I fell out of the truck I was driving about a week ago. I didn't maintain 3 points of contact, and I missed the bottom step. and tumbled onto the ground, bracing myself with my left hand. Nothing was broken but I had some pain in my wrist for about 3 days. I sill have a little bit, bit it gets less each day. I take this as a warning from God - as though He were telling me, "Maintain 3 points of contact, because the next time it won't be a warning..."

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