Pedestrian Killed By Tractor Trailer

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Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I personally feel that it's time to start regulating passenger vehicles and their drivers more along the lines of CDL holders are regulated (e.g. driver physicals, pre-trip inspections and safety regulations). Why aren't "average" drivers required to put out reflective triangles when they're broken-down on the side of the road (it would have saved the guy in this case)? Would a pre-trip inspection have prevented this vehicle from being broken down in the first place?

sorry.gif Just venting!

LittleJoe

I have seen some pretty crazy, and dangerous, things since becoming a trucker. With that said, I have also seen some amazing, and courteous acts as well. I firmly believe that s**t happens and more regs on any motor vehicle drivers will just add to the number of folks who break the rules.

Any time someone's life is ended unexpectedly there is a natural outrage against the "cause" which leads people to irrationally calling for more government intervention. I would argue that there is already way to much government in our lives and we just have to accept that bad things happen, sometimes without a known reason, and carry on. Personal accountability (like not standing in the road during dark hours wearing black) needs to make a comeback. This mentality of punishing good drivers for what a few dums dums do has to stop. There are way more responsible people on the roads than there are idiots. This, of course, does not get reported as news.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
mountain girl's Comment
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I personally feel that it's time to start regulating passenger vehicles and their drivers more along the lines of CDL holders are regulated (e.g. driver physicals, pre-trip inspections and safety regulations). Why aren't "average" drivers required to put out reflective triangles when they're broken-down on the side of the road (it would have saved the guy in this case)? Would a pre-trip inspection have prevented this vehicle from being broken down in the first place?

sorry.gif Just venting!

LittleJoe

In Germany, all 4-wheelers are required to take a couple, 2-3 hundred hours on the road in driver's ed, before getting a license and teenagers may not get a license until the age of 18. Also, all vehicles are required to have three reflective triangles in the same box as we carry, in CMVs. The drivers are required to carry them beneath their seat, so that if they must pull over, they are to reach down before leaving the vehicle, grab the first triangle, configure it into its triangular shape, and carry it directly in front of their bodies (day or night) to set it up as the triangle closest to their vehicle first. The other 2 triangles are carried out further from their vehicle for placement in the same manner. I forget the distance placement of the triangles but all three must be placed - for anyone's vehicle, not just CMVs. On the autobahn, with no speed limit, the warning triangles are very helpful to everyone.

-mountain girl

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Scotty D's Comment
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Last year there was a man who committed suicide here in the Cincinnati area by jumping in front of a tractor trailer. People do really stupid things sometimes.....

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/06/police_man_hit_by_semi_on_i-94.html#incart_river_default

Same thing just happened in our neck of the woods this past weekend. Unfortunate for both victim's family and driver.

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