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Francesca Knowles

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Posted: 07/07/13 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

O.K., y'all, I'm ready to get jumped on here if I'm wrong, but...is it possible this guy stopped right in the lane on a two lane highway to "check his hitch", never thinking for a moment he might get hit???

Please take a look at the following link and tell me what you think::
Woman pinned under trailer body

I know, I know...the woman that hit it got a ticket for "inattentive driving", but...do you see any shoulder there other than sloping, (undisturbed!) gravel??? The trailer/truck themselves are in their original positions, as indicated by the orange police paint markings next to their wheels.

Aren't those wheels not just on the pavement but inside the fog line?????

Is this guy a contender for this year's Darwin Awards?


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Posted: 07/07/13 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes the truck, if still in the same position after the collision, was still in the traveled way. However, anyone coming up from the rear should have seen the truck stopped in the roadway. No different than if the truck and trailer had stopped for a slow moving cow. And yes, I would not have stopped in the road to fix anything, unless physically unable to get off.


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Posted: 07/07/13 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not second guessing the LEO that cited her, but I am thinking he probably has information we don't have, and the reason why the other party was not cited or placed at fault. It may not be the smartest thing in the world to stop in a traffic lane, and a reason why I have always told the DW and kids that unless you are completely disabled, always find a safe spot to stop. I would rather pay for some damage than have a loved one taken.


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Posted: 07/07/13 11:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last month we had one of our club members, in a 32 foot Pace Arrow,crest a hill on a two lane road and half way down the hill sat a class C rental across the road.
No place to go at 55mph he hit them broadside, broke the seat out of the floor and sent the DW into the window, seat attached.
Seems the "C" was lost and wanted to go back to the town, they tried to make a 3 point turn.
Now all 4 fron the class C are in ICU
Sid and Bonny are 94 and 86, they reacted and layed down 110 feet of rubber, just the week before they had the breaks replaced.


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Posted: 07/08/13 06:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IN Michigan the term is "ability to stop in assured clear distance," which means a driver should be able to stop for any object he/she sees sitting in the car's path. So the woman was technically at fault. Laws are based on strict rules of interpretation so that Ideally they can be applied fairly to all.

That said, the driver of the tow vehicle in my opinion certainly is a candidate for a Darwin Award. And how did his wife end up underneath the trailer? Was she just standing around? She deserves a nomination as well.


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Posted: 07/08/13 07:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In railroad terms, we call it restricted speed. Able to stop in 1/2 the range of vision (not exceeding 15mph). I do the same while towing (except the not exceeding 15mph part). I want to make sure I can stop safely.


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Posted: 07/08/13 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure there are other options, but in that situation I have sent the wife down the road a ways to flag down oncoming traffic. Now carry flares as well.


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Posted: 07/08/13 08:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I suppose there are different levels of "safe drivers".
I IMO there's such a thing as placing yourself in a "sitting duck" situation. I certainly do NOT trust any driver who is behind me to stop before they hit me.
Monitor your rearview mirrors as well as your forward and side view. And, don't get distracted.


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Posted: 07/08/13 08:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Happened just down the road from our house. Skid marks tell a very different tale than what you are trying to portray.


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Posted: 07/08/13 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't believe you have no feelings for someone in an accident. Right or not they are human.





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