r/IdiotsInCars 13d ago Silver 2 Helpful 6 Wholesome 4 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Bravo Grande! 1 Rocket Like 1

First time ever catching a crash on my dash cam.

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u/xentralesque 13d ago

Good on you for stopping, presumably to let them know you had footage

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u/PizzaAndWingsPlease 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bravo! Narwhal Salute Bravo Grande! Starstruck Helpful (Pro) Wholesome (Pro)

yup, that’s exactly what I did. If I’m ever involved in a crash and someone caught it on camera, I would hope someone would do the same.

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u/spelunkersbutt 13d ago

I was in an intersection crash a few months ago, and as I'm standing around getting my bearings, a lady comes running across and tells me she has a dashcam and had captured the whole thing. Sweet, I'm gonna star in my own crash video!

Later that week the husband calls me and says she never pushed the capture button on the damn camera.

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u/InternetWeakGuy 13d ago

Isn't her camera recording all the time? Mine does.

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u/tbone2448777 13d ago

Probably does, but she probably never pressed the button to save the recording and it was overwritten. Most dash cams record over the same card over and over again. I thought all of them did, but your comment makes me think otherwise.

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u/InternetWeakGuy 13d ago

Mine does but it takes a few days before it starts recording over. She must either have driven a lot that day or have had a really small memory card.

Edit: Oh I see now you said it was several days later he called you. I somehow read it as later that day.

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u/Serinus 13d ago

Don't you just... take the card out when it has something valuable on it?

I mean, I know there's a save button, but I'd rather not screw with it and just deal with it in a computer.

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u/tbone2448777 13d ago

I would too. I think you're replying to the wrong comment though, because this stemmed from someone questioning how a dash cam works (which was just a misunderstanding). Not the validity of whatever method someone would choose to retrieve their dash cam videos.

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u/BusingonaBudget 13d ago

Probably forgot to hit the save button and it was overwritten

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u/trapperstom 12d ago

Probably her husband saying, “don’t get involved “

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u/GoatsesWeddingRing 13d ago

That's worse than her not recording and not saying anything.

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u/Colonel-Ingus 13d ago

Had my dashcam for 3yrs almost, nothing eventful yet but I’ll definitely do the same in that scenario.

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u/InsecOrBust 13d ago

You should start driving in more reckless neighborhoods so you can up those numbers homie

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u/Colonel-Ingus 13d ago

oh peez no

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u/Aoiboshi 13d ago

Oh poopz yes

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u/Happy-Map7656 13d ago

Drive around Albuquerque.....

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u/Numinak 13d ago

but we took a left there.

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u/Seeminus 13d ago edited 12d ago

After my car was totaled this January while I had the audacity to be stopped at a red light is when I got my dash cam for my replacement vehicle.

The offending driver wasn’t looking at the road at all, inattentive driving at a minimum, but was a given a ticket for “unsafe pulling out of a parking space”. I’m my mind you had to have stopped first to call it a parking space and as far as I know a left hand turning lane at a stoplight isn’t ever considered a parking space.

I’m just hoping that a dashcam might provide evidence of deeper misdeeds and is far more convincing than “my version” of what happened.

Edit: I have a front facing and rear facing dash cam system. It is a neat set up. The front facing camera actually replaces the rear view mirrors by attaching to it. It is a touch screen and can display either or both camera views at the same time.

Thank you for reading this and dropping any kind of votes. It makes me feel better knowing that there are other like-minded people that are fed up with bad drivers.

It is a Wolf Box.

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u/fordfan919 13d ago

I got mine after my car was totaled in a parking garage. Don't know who did it.

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u/FeFiFoPinky 13d ago

Wasn't me.

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u/Bisontracks 13d ago

"Ah yes, the famous criminals. 'Wasn't Me' and 'I Didn't Do It' The fiends."

~My dad, catching me in a lie when I was a little kid.

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u/DOPECOlN 13d ago

WHY DID YOU STOP AT A LEGAL RED LIGHT WHYYY

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u/Seeminus 13d ago

I didn’t just stop. I had been stopped and there was no one behind me for a while until redneck McGee decided looking at his phone was more important than stopping.

The worst part is that he suffered only cosmetic damage on his stupid F350.

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u/SaraBellumBrooks 13d ago

I’ve been rear ended while stopped at a stoplight 2x in the past like year. One totaled the car (it was a C5 corvette, the damage wasn’t actually that bad but parts are less available and cost was crazy high) and the last one was actually a person that hit me because they got pushed into me by the car that hit them.

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u/3vi1 13d ago edited 12d ago

My mother had this beautiful metalic-green 1976 Camaro that I used to love to pretend to drive as a kid.

When she finally sold it, the guy who bought it put it in his garage for a year and did a ground-up restoration. I was told he had worked on it meticulously to make it perfect.

When it was finally complete he opened the garage, pulled out to the road, stopped at the first stop light, and had someone rear-end him at a speed that totaled the car.

It would make me laugh if it didn't make me want to cry.

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u/Colonel-Ingus 13d ago

Get the driver facing one too like I did. I want to be able to also prove that I wasn’t on my phone or anything stupid that someone might claim.

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u/Wagsii 13d ago

This is smart. I'm planning on getting a nicer car within the next year or so and thought about how I should probably have a rearview dashcam in addition to my windshield one. Adding an interior view camera seems like an annoying amount of cameras to manage, but oh well.

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u/Tomas2891 13d ago

Any suggestions for what dash cams to take?

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u/fullrackferg 13d ago

Vantrue N4 - I got me and the wife one each with hardwire kit + 256gb card to go in it. They cost just over £200 each when I got them and record front/cabin and rear at the same time.

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u/Wagsii 13d ago

I unfortunately haven't looked that far into it. On my current car I only have a windshield view one, and it's pretty hard to go wrong with any of those if you're only planning on one. I have this one right now, which has done the job just fine for the last few years.

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u/Aerion93 13d ago

They have to prove you were. Not the other way around.

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u/No_U_Crazy 13d ago

Where do you live and can you come here and teach the people your mysterious ways!?

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u/Colonel-Ingus 13d ago

Arkansas and yes they drive like shit here too. Just lucky so far.

I mean, I’ve recorded some shit but not really post worthy.

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u/tbiards 13d ago

One time my neighbor rear ended me and I’m in a 4 way stop and someone pulled up and was like so beyond proud saying “I saw it all! I have it on film! I’m your witness!! I’ll call the police.” I’m like “nah man it’s okay! Believe it or not, this is my neighbor. We’re all good. Just a minor bump.” I took the wind right out of the guys sails. He was just like alright and slowly pulled away. I knew I ruined his hero moment

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u/zeptillian 12d ago

Damn. Just get the footage and thank them for their service next time I guess.

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u/RustArtist 13d ago

I'd stop in front of the truck. I wouldn't want to be the 1st car in that lane. People keep hitting the cars in safety lane all the time.

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u/Malkmus1979 13d ago

So what's the story? What happened? Did truck driver admit fault? Did the other guy say anything?

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u/Jimmy-Pesto-Jr 13d ago

i actually heard of a story (LA) where bystander motorist happened to get the dash cam footage of the accident, stopped to exchange numbers at the scene, and then later in the day (after going separate ways) asked for several hundred bucks in exchange for the video...

iirc, the person who got in the accident ended up paying to get the footage, to have a favorable settlement from the other side's insurance.

clever and quick thinking on the bystanders part, but man, the world is a cruel place.

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u/walking_the_burbs 12d ago

What a fucking POS...the world is shitty because of shitty humans.

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u/Ziogref 12d ago

That's how I treat strangers on the road.

If I caught something I would stop and hand over the footage.

I have stopped many times to offer broken down cars assistance.

I stop when I see someone swapping out a flat, even at night to offer some light.

I let other drivers know (within reason) if a brake light or indicators aren't working. In my state (Tasmania, Australia), as long as you keep your car registered no checks need to be done and cops don't pull people over for a brake light being out.

Who knows, one day I might have a problem and someone might be able to lend me a hand.

I remember about 8 years ago. I pulled over on my way home at night and someone had left lights on in their car, it was about 7pm at night. I knocked on the guys door and let him know. As I was about to drive off that same guy let me know one of my brake lights was out.

I also remember telling an old guy he had no working brake lights and indicators. (very dangerous IMO). I offered and sat in his driver seat and pushed the brake pedal so he could see they were definitely out. He thanked me and got them fixed.

I take 5 minutes out of my day, could save someone hours of theirs. My car is still modern (2017) and unlikely to get a flat battery but I still carry a pair of jumper leads in my boot and have saved a couple strandard drivers at a total cost of being 5 minutes late home to sit on the couch and watch mindless TV.

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u/HuckleCat100K 12d ago edited 12d ago

You're a very considerate person. I try to be, but a lot of humans do their best to break me of that habit.

Years ago we left the garage door up overnight by accident, and we had an expensive air compressor and tools stolen. We thought that if a neighbor had just thought to let us know, we wouldn't have suffered the loss. So when we took our evening walks around the neighborhood and saw a garage door up with the lights out (obviously forgotten), we started to knock on people's doors to let them know. Because that not only puts them at risk for theft, but also harm. Just about everyone was at best, indifferent, and at worst rude. They all looked at us like it was none of our fucking business. That lasted a few months and then we gave up. Sad, really, that people are suspicious of just a little kindness.

Edit: you should get one of those handheld battery chargers. Saves having to drag around cables and needing to get the engines close to each other. I bought one for my daughter when she went to Boston for college, and she rescued at least five stranded people.

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u/symbologythere 13d ago

And for turning down the radio so you could see what was happening better. That’s what I would’ve done and I still don’t know why.

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u/labratcat 13d ago

I think most people do that when they're in their car and trying to figure something out like where to turn. I've always interpreted it as toning down the sensory input to your brain so that it can focus on the most important details. I'm a biologist, and that explanation makes sense to me, but I don't have any actual evidence or knowledge that this is true.

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u/labratcat 13d ago

Well done, thanks for the citation.

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u/Diarrhea_Eruptions 13d ago

TL:DR?

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u/labratcat 13d ago

From the discussion: The results of this study showed that as a stressor, noise affects cognitive performance and brain signals.

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u/PhoenixZephyrus 13d ago

Brain computer

many things brain go slow.

Few things brain go fast.

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u/poodlebutt76 13d ago

You only have so many RAM, music eats some. Turn off music get more RAM for looky

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u/-malcolm-tucker 13d ago

It's just how our brains work. Our brains are constantly evaluating the environment and what is the most important thing requiring its attention and processing power. However our brains also have finite resources for input, encoding and decision making. Reducing one large sensory stimulus frees up resources to deal with this new input.

I find the brain fascinating, hell, the whole nervous system is fascinating. If you think about it, the brain is the only human organ to have named itself. Neat hey?

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u/HeyT00ts11 13d ago

This helps me read road signs better too.

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u/DiamondHook 13d ago

In my country, laws are outdated (deliberately) that cam footages are useless in road accidents without a witness testimony in court and insurance claims.

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u/CFOAntifaAG 13d ago edited 13d ago

Which country is that?

Edit: Comment history says Morocco. Yeah laws need to keep up. I'm from Germany and we took a while to pick up on it. Can be used in court now when there was a crash. But still (which is think is good) can't be used to make police reports. Too many hobby sheriffs driving around. Also can't be put online without excessive blurring because in our legal system, whoever is filmed (or photographed for that matter) is the copyright holder. Not the person filming.

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u/itsjust_khris 13d ago

That’s pretty interesting, is street photography possible? Or other forms of public video? What happens in a situation where your recording to defend yourself but the police aren’t introduced to the situation. Such as recording to prevent someone saying you attacked them.

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u/CFOAntifaAG 12d ago edited 12d ago

Yes and no. So if you take the photo for yourself, you are completely fine. No publication, no issue. If you want to publicize something, or in other words, have a personal gain from it, it depends (as always). When the photo is taken at an event, and it's clear that a single person isn't the main character of a photographic image, like say a concert, demo, at a race track. Also fine. You photograph a tree in a park, I'm sunbathing in front of it, face visible? Not fine. So if a person is identifiable in an image and it isn't at an event of public interest you can not publish it for personal gain, even imaginary internet upvotes. A core principle of German law is that everybody has a right to privacy even if in a public space. So if somebody is identifiable in your footage, just blur them.

This extends even to your home. If a burglar breaks into your house, and is identifiable in the footage, the burglar is the copyright owner of said footage. So you can not share it online. You can show it to police so they can initiate further action but that's it.

So if they publish your footage, unblurred, for a public search, every news outlet is obligated to blur it after they caught the burglar. Because otherwise they would be liable for copyright infringement.

So in essences: Sharing a video with the police, and showing it in court is ok. You have no personal gain from it. Getting justice isn't a personal gain. But you can't sell that the video, unblurred, to your local news station for example.

Oh and this extends to identifiable property. You take a photo of my car? Unless you blur the license plate I'm the copyright holder. Photo of my house? Also my copyright. This is why we don't have real Google Street View in Germany ( in the Streetview community known as Blurmany), because Google was faced with a massive law suite.

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u/foresth11 13d ago

Was the semi trying to pass? Whatever the case I fully expected the semi to hit the car again when pulling off to the shoulder

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u/RedTruck1989 13d ago

I would guess they were cruising along in the fast lane and then the dark green Subaru appeared to be coming up from behind so the Trucker moved over "quickly"

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u/philouza_stein 13d ago

No way. Truckers love to block the left lane. Never do they "quickly" do anything other than cut people off.

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u/butt_mucher 13d ago

This is due to the most drivers not owning the truck and it having a maximum speed limit imposed on it. Think about how much traffic there would be if 80% of the cars on the highway were trying to pass each other with a Max a speed of 65. That’s why they pass so slowly and create stopped traffic because most trucks are maxing out at the same top speed.

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u/GODDAMNFOOL 13d ago

There was a two-lane section of rt 80 in Ohio here where the speed limit was 65, but 55 for trucks. It was a goddamn nightmare, but they finally merged them both into 65 about ten years back.

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u/CommanderCuntPunt 13d ago

I drive a lot on two lane highways, I constantly see trucks that can go 66 holding up everyone else so they can pass a truck that only goes 65.

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u/philouza_stein 13d ago Party Train

I'm fully aware of their governed speeds. But when I'm all alone flying up the left lane and two trucks are in the right, faaaar more often than not the truck in the back slips in front of me at the last minute and blocks my lane while he creeps slowly past the other truck over the course of 15 miles. When he could've waited about 9 seconds for me to pass then he could've gotten over without blocking anyone.

I know a lot of truckers and they confirm it's intentional and done for kicks. They love slowing people down.

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u/beardedoutlaw 13d ago

Yup, my neighbor is a retired trucker and it pisses him off to no end. He says he worked with guys who do it on purpose because they are “miserable assholes who need to feel powerful.” He’s a good dude.

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u/maonohkom001 13d ago

He’s calling it like it is.

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u/whitecatwandering 13d ago

I was looking for this comment. My father worked on trucks for years and tried to drill into me that truck drivers can do no wrong. I understand that truckers have a hard job and have to deal with a lot of stupid drivers but the reality is, being a truck driver doesn't make you a Saint. There are a lot of asshole and just poor truckers out there as well as just inexperienced ones and I am so tired of them getting a pass just because of their job. Whether you are a trucker, in the military, a first responder, or just a freaking office worker, you are a human, capable of the same mistakes as everyone else and need to be held responsible for your actions.

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u/OptimalPreference178 12d ago

I just saw a sign on a back window of a van today that said “be nice to me, I’m a nurse. I might have to take care of you some day”. Who the hell cares?! My whole family are nurses and they don’t have that attitude.

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u/edee160 12d ago

That's a hell of a sign to display. It's like or else what? You're going to jam a needle in my arm on purpose to hurt me? Cut off my oxygen? Most people are at their most intolerable when they are sick or injured/in pain. It's her job as a nurse to put all that aside and treat the patient with the utmost professional care and respect. What a thing to display.

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u/nochancecat 13d ago

My dad was a trucker too and basically said the same things. He easily got all the awards given by his company for all recognition they did because, he said, most of them don't even try.

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u/iamphook 13d ago

Thanks. Tell your trucker friends that they are little bitches.

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u/jexmex 13d ago All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

What happens sometimes is the trucker gets over when cars are merging on, then ends up getting stuck in the left lane because people start passing on the right, not saying that is what happened here, but it happens a lot, then you get people pissed off your blocking the passing lane, but can take longer to safely merge back over. I think the trucker lost sight of the car (it is a pretty low car so blind spot would be worse). Still trucker should have known where all cars around them at all times are and what they are doing.

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u/erantuotio 13d ago

This is when I’ll be in the right lane and give the semi a couple flashes with the brights to signal they’re clear to merge back over. It’s rather satisfying to see the double hazard thank you when they safely merge back over :)

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u/killumquick 12d ago

Trucker talk!!

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u/ghettoccult_nerd 12d ago

and we really appreciate that kind of stuff. thank you. its getting rare to see people share the road.

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u/erantuotio 12d ago

Yea! I read about that tip from another trucker on Reddit and have been doing it since. I figure I might as well make someone’s day a little easier. Y’all got enough crap to deal with on the road.

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u/mgarr93 13d ago

I second this. As a cdl holder and previous OTR driver. If a car that was near me disappeared without me seeing where it went I would take measures to make sure I can see clearly out of all my mirrors before merging back over and possibly slowing down to make sure of the blind spots. As a commercial driver I think road safety is more important than pleasing other drivers in cars trying to pass. When I feel safe I will get over, not when other inexperienced drivers think I should.

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u/jexmex 13d ago

I drove otr for a short period and I learned so many things in just what amounted to a few months. It is crazy the shit some idiots do around trucks and likewise what some idiot truck drivers do.

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u/Rhosts 13d ago

It was a long time ago, but I remember the "NO ZONES" from driver's training. Never stay driving in a semi's blind spots. The car was likely invisible to the semi.

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u/cableguy7991 13d ago

I always get really uneasy being along side a truck, especially on the right side. Best to just let them by, or get ahead of them a ways asap.

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u/miss_rosie 13d ago

Same. This exact same scenario almost happened to me. I had merged onto a 5 lane highway from the right, and merged one lane over as the right most lane I was in was exit-only. There was an 18- wheeler to the left of me, cars in front and behind me. I'm roughly even with the cab of the truck, when I notice he turns his right signal on and starts trying to merge right into me! The car in front of me was too close for me to successfully speed up past him, I started braking quickly hoping the car behind me was paying attention. Luckily, the van on the right of me seemed to notice and braked, I was able to quickly swerve back into the right lane. It was terrifying. I am still panicked when I end up in a situation where I am in the right lane next to a truck, and will never do it on purpose

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u/DrDeems 13d ago

I had a similar experience except it was on a freeway interchange where it turns into two lanes and people merge from both sides. I got squeezed in between 2 cars, so we were 3 cars side-by-side traveling down a 2 lane road. I barely made it through without a scratch. It couldn't have been more than a few inches on each side. My buddy that was with me still talks about it 15 years later.

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u/LGBTQPlusChainsaws 13d ago edited 11d ago

Had something similar happen to me except the truck next to me had a tire blow out and the entire trailer swung out towards me. I managed to squirt through traffic just in time. Never drive next to a truck and always have an exit strategy.

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u/HawkSevere3425 13d ago

Literally will wait behind a semi trailer in the lane next to it waiting for the person ahead to clear so in case they gotta switch lanes super fast then I gun it past them.

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u/hi_im_antman 13d ago

Even if the car was in his blind spot, he can OBVIOUSLY see it as he's passing all the cars on the left.

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u/jexmex 13d ago

Ya he probably couldn't see it, but it didn't just appear there, so he was not paying enough attention to things. Part of driving truck is maintaining a constant knowledge of what cars are where and doing what. Of course, it is possible something happened before the start of the video that distracted him long enough for a car to pop out of seemingly nowhere.

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u/mongoljingoo321 13d ago

looks like trucker was distracted and forgot there was a car in front of him.

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u/partypooper14 13d ago

This is why I don't like being next to trucks.

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u/ADandyCadet 13d ago

This is why I either hang way the fuck back or speed up to get out of their fucking blind spots. I am not about to get Final Destinationed just because some idiot can't see my clown mobile

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u/monkeywench 13d ago

Yeah, the second I’m next to a semi, I speed up and gtfo their range

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u/Yossarian_the_Jumper 13d ago

When I'm passing a semi on the highway I usually leave a decent sized gap between myself and the car in front and hang back and once they're clear I just punch it. I'm not hanging out next to any truck for more than a couple seconds.

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u/Koldfuzion 13d ago

The whole time I'm punching it I also eyefuck the shit out of the turn signals on the truck making sure I didn't just see one flash.

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u/houdinikush 12d ago

Same. But I have more of a habit of watching the tires than the signals. Plenty of people don’t signal but you can almost always tell when a car is about to lane change by how close their tires are to the lane markers.

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u/AlexTheFlower 13d ago

That's exactly what I do too

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u/curiousbydesign 13d ago

There are dozens of us!

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u/YourMomsButt4 12d ago

DOZENSSSS!!!

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u/thineghost 13d ago

Agreed. I'm in a GTI... I'd rather not be turned to paste cause I had the audacity to drive.

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u/monkeywench 13d ago

Even being behind them for any amount of time is freaky, I met a semi driver who told me about one of his tires busting and flying off and rolling over a motorcyclist and killing him.

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u/EscapeZealousideal79 13d ago

New fear while driving unlocked.

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u/thineghost 13d ago

That doesn't sound pleasant at all. I've seen tires go but never like that. Guess I'm just lucky.

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u/PredictableChaos 13d ago

Had one tear off next to me and have a slab o' tire fly up and hit my windshield. Thought I was going to die as it approached my car but fortunately it hit flat and bounced off.

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u/Shivvermebits 13d ago

Mythbusters did an episode testing the force of a semi tire blow out and whether it could be fatal to someone driving in a car. Tl;DR version is yes. It absolutely can be.

They didn't test motorcycles, but I wouldn't doubt that truckers word about it.

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u/NoahsMcDonalds 13d ago

Also in a gti, and I will never not haul ass past 18 wheelers

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u/thineghost 13d ago

Godspeed... it's the only way to survive. You give me a fast and loud pedal... of COURSE I'll use it.

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u/Rhosts 13d ago

In driver's training I learned about "no zones" where you avoid driving in blind spots. Is that taught everywhere ?

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u/sarahbeth124 13d ago

Yup. I always assume they have no idea I’m there. Like an ant beside an elephant.

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u/GrandArchitect 13d ago

There are a lot of new truckers on the roads these days, and I swear, they think they're driving sports cars

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u/Tha_Unknown 13d ago

Nice catch, I like how you turn the music down when it happens, gotta focus. Their insurances will love your footage.

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u/muddymoose 13d ago

The drop happened perfectly as the truck hit too

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u/Culsandar 13d ago

Agreed, kinda mad he turned it down

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u/Coletorino72 13d ago

Well, one insurance company for sure!

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u/dsinkster 13d ago

You always have to turn the music down to see better.

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u/dustin_allan 13d ago

music

That music was an automatic upvote from me.

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u/Takoyaki_00 13d ago

Jesus Christ is that a convertible too? He would’ve been toast if this accident were any worse.

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u/CollegeLow2298 13d ago

Did a great job of realigned themselves though, the truck swerved way worse which is kinda weird. Guess the convertible driver got lucky on the angle they were hit at if nothing else.

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u/silla31 12d ago

I agree! I thought “wow, that was a great job at getting corrected.” It would be so easy to over correct in a situation like that. It also may help that the car is very low to the ground as it wouldn’t “rock” as much.

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u/Stitch_K 12d ago

I think the truck merged and the car contacted the right front wheel and got partially jammed in the fender before it broke free. Which is probably why the semi veered off so aggressively because the steering probably got jammed to left from the impact.

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u/sugarsponge 13d ago

That was my first thought. Must have been extra terrifying for them!

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 13d ago

This is my worst fear. This is why I never ride next to a truck for any extended period of time, especially next to the cab area. I either accelerate and get past him or hit the brakes and let him go ahead.

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u/lovesyouandhugsyou 13d ago

It’s baffling to me that anyone can feel comfortable driving like that, I’m so uncomfortable the whole time I’m there until I get out of it (which only happens with merges and traffic, because no way am I putting myself in that situation voluntarily!).

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u/jadivarius 13d ago Helpful

Looks like the truck driver hasn’t yet mastered the concept of “object permanence.” Sees car, maneuvers so car is in blind spot, car ceases to exist.

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u/ahh-potatoes 13d ago Helpful Wholesome hehehehe Table Slap

Someone play peekaboo with the poor bastard

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u/brickson98 13d ago

Damn it, why’s this so fucking funny 😂

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u/RockstarAgent 13d ago edited 13d ago

Even so, I don't know if this backs my recommendation to anyone and everyone, never hang out near or around a big ass truck. I will always stay behind or gun it and get clear the fuck away from them. I would never just hang out next to one like that. At the end of the day, it's not other people's jobs to look out for you.

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u/NCO_Magic 13d ago

But the car wasn't hanging out next to the truck. Truck went to pass the car, then either the car started to speed up or the truck slowed down. Regardless, the truck driver seemed to forget there was a car there and hit them. So while true that it's not other people's jobs to look out for you, that trucker had a duty to verify the lane they wanted to enter was clear.

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u/Striking_Poem_8377 13d ago

Truck driver here.... this is great advice! I can't stand when people speed up just to cruise right there next to me. I'll speed up or slow down just to avoid these kind of situations

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u/BetterCallSlash 13d ago

I've had people angrily ride my ass when I slow down as I'm coming up on a truck in the lane next to me because there's an idiot in front of me just poking along right next to the truck with no sense of urgency. I am not about to cruise along next to a semi right behind that jackass until I'm sure I can overtake the truck in one fell swoop, especially when there's another jackass behind me, ready to trap me in.

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u/Striking_Poem_8377 13d ago

That's the way to do it! It's usually somebody in the left lane with a line of 10 cars behind them, cruising right next to me, most of the time on their phone. I've had to honk at em and stick my arm out to tell em to pass and get in front of me so everyone else can pass. It used to be that people texting would just piss me off, but now even that's not as bad as people just cruisin the highway watching videos on their fking phone.

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u/Bettersaids 13d ago

Why are people like that?! I’ll be following someone going 75 mph passing people until they get next to a semi and bang… they’re going the same speed as that semi for the next 18 miles.

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u/ConceptJunkie 13d ago

People drive like idiots, and it's getting worse. It's not just me getting old and crochety, even though I am, but driving on highways is getting objectively worse year by year.

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u/TheBirdBrain23 13d ago

It's partially because the number of cars is increasing way faster than the amount of road, so the idiot/sqft is much much higher these days.

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u/Dole-Mushroom5365 13d ago

schrodinger's car

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u/princess_dork_bunny 13d ago

Just

Been

Hired,

Unfortunatly

Never

Trained

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u/clyde_the_ghost 13d ago

“Where the FUCK did that car go?!?! It’s like magic!! OH FUCK WHAT DID I HIT?!?!?”

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u/SelectAll_Delete 13d ago

Toddler Trucker. Featuring the voices of Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Bill Engvall and Chris Pratt.

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u/Anger_Mgmt_issues 13d ago

or not looking at his nose mirrors. Trucks don't have the blind spots they used to unless the driver is a dickhole that refuses to use the mirrors. Some of the "I want a classic look" drivers remove them. Then this happens.

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u/pimpbot666 13d ago

I'm amazed that all truckers don't have lane change warning systems and blind spot cameras on every truck. It seems that it's such a cheap safety system that can be easily retrofitted to any vehicle. My car blinks lights and beeps at me if I did something dumb like this, and my car is a pretty cheap car.

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u/nickgnarley 13d ago

There’s a mirror on all trucks specifically for the blind spots. In at least one of this guy’s six mirrors, he could see the car in his lane. He was just being careless and didn’t look.

Source: am a truck driver.

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u/Mechwarriorr5 13d ago

I don't see fender mirrors on that one. He's got one of those little ones that hang over the passenger side window but idk if they're any good. Honestly I have no idea why fender mirrors aren't mandatory.

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u/HiddenEmu 13d ago

IMO those convex mirrors are pretty good if they’re set right. Can see the road from the tractor wheels all the way up past the trailer wheels. There’s still a blind spot next to the cab but you keep track of cars entering your blind spot.

Our company’s trucks don’t have the hood mirrors but I’ve never felt like I’ve had trouble watching that space.

That being said. I’d never turn down more mirrors if offered

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u/TenebrisNox 13d ago

'You're absolutely correct—though I suspect the industry doesn't want want to use them. Doing so would let juries know that it is possible. Then, trucks would need to meet this new "reasonable person" standard for safety to limit liability. They prefer the "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you" slogan; this, in an effort to pass off to others what is any driver's responsibility—to be responsible for knowing where every car is.

(I'm still with those who wisely keep a safe distance.)

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u/bit0101 13d ago

Everything is ten times more expensive for trucks for no reason.

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u/pimpbot666 13d ago

Still cheaper than a human life, if you were to compare that. Or, cheaper than an insurance claim.

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u/nickmcpimpson 13d ago

Likely cheaper than this accident alone...

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u/Vok250 13d ago

Doesn't matter unfortunately. Companies wont voluntarily spend money on something that doesn't make them revenue. This is an example of why we have governments to step in and make safety regulations.

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u/ThaddeusJP 13d ago

Still cheaper than a human life, if you were to compare that.

Look up HLV (human life value) and you'll see that it may not be. Run a fleet of 1000 trucks and you gotta spend 10k each for warning systems? Thats 10m. Insurance pay out for killing someone? Well if its only like on 2m due to a law suit you're not even gonna consider it until your guys have squished three or four people.

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u/Frogoftheforrest 13d ago

Cool vid. I'm just happy people are still listening to Incubus.

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u/PizzaAndWingsPlease 13d ago LOVE!

Morning View & Make Yourself are my favorite albums from them.

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u/txivotv 13d ago

That was a really nice coordination song drop - accident, mate.

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u/Beastage 13d ago

Yeah those two have both aged well. Great albums all the way through

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u/lowercaselong 13d ago

Ironically enough I totaled my first car as a 16 yr old listening to "Drive" but Incubus.

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u/Cmdeadpool 13d ago

I went to see them live when Morning View had just come out, hearing Incubus always makes me smile.

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u/TheGiantSeesNothing 13d ago

Both classic albums. Make Yourself is probably my favorite. This post has me listening to it for the first time in maybe a decade

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u/sandyclaus30 13d ago

I love Incubus!! Drive is my favorite..came out at a time I needed it

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u/aysurcouf 13d ago

Aqueous transmission or the warmth is in my opinion their best.

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u/Blonsky 13d ago

I have “Resist, Unlearn, Defy” tattooed on my chest. Incubus got me through so much when I was younger.

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u/MyBrainReallyHurts 13d ago

Kudos on the excellent driving music, and for stopping to help.

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u/drunk_sandman 13d ago

Hell yeah, I've seen them at Santa Barbara and Hollywood Bowl. Always go if given the chance, great music especially live! Great capture

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u/gangbrain 13d ago

SCIENCE and Crow Left of the Murder FTW!!!

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u/Jayphen 13d ago

How are you listening to this song without singing along tho?

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u/chriscabob 13d ago

Ha I thought the same thing haven’t heard them in years. Have to go listen to drive and wish you were here now

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u/SpookySmudgey 13d ago

I just saw them in Las Vegas in March. They are still so good. They’re touring with Sublime this summer!

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u/Terrible-Painting-39 13d ago

Saw Sublime with Rome open for the Dirty Heads back in August. The crowd loved the fact that Sublime stuck to Bradley's songs rather than their recent original stuff with Rome. I realize now it's been almost 20 years since I last saw Incubus, I should make it a point to try to see them again!

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u/780 13d ago

Sounded like it was being played through a cassette deck that was soaking in water.

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u/Quetzalcoatle19 13d ago

If you have a rock playlist and it doesnt have incubus you’re missin somethin

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u/Boneal171 13d ago

Wish You Were Here is a great song

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u/HolyDori 13d ago

You sync the music to the crash?

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u/PizzaAndWingsPlease 13d ago

Perfect timing, I guess.

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u/LordSevenDust 13d ago

And in this moment I am happy! crunch

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u/leeroysexwhale 13d ago

Song kicks in at the perfect moment 😂

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u/Sovi_b 13d ago

The line "I am happy" coinciding with the impact is wonderful

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u/ApprenticeWirePuller 13d ago

Crash. “Iiiiiiiiii wish you were here!”

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u/SnowConvertible 13d ago

Well, I'm bored of that left lane now. Time to switch...

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u/Arctic_Sunday 13d ago

So many dumbass truck drivers these days. I witnessed one literally trying to weave in traffic the other day.

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u/michaelgreen9927 13d ago

Last week some idiot truck driver came off of the highway off ramp and across 5 lanes of traffic just to almost run me into a concrete barrier whilst blocking ~10 cars in the oncoming lane. Too many idiots get behind the wheel of big trucks and it’s terrifying

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u/Arctic_Sunday 13d ago

Yeah the labor shortage is just making it more common

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u/Coletorino72 13d ago

They have gotten out of control here in Florida lately!

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u/danktle 13d ago

YOU are an exceptionally good driver since you filmed it and then pulled into the scene to share your info. Well done, and hope everyone was okay...

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u/Appropriate-Stop-959 13d ago

New truck driver and no fender mirrors. Dude completely forgot about the car so we get this video.

Stop letting every Tom dick and harry drive a fucking truck. “Get your CDL in one week” then ride with a trainer who has less than a year of experience for a month and now you’re qualified to drive an 18wheeler.

It’s idiotic.

I went to school for two months, had to do 3 months with a trainer, and I’ve been around equipment/farm trucks my entire life. While I was at the college half my class quit before being completing the course. 3 failed to actually pass the state cdl exam. Me and three others actually completed our contracted year of employment, the others quit driving entirely.

It’s not uncommon for the massive companies to have a turnover rate greater than 100%

Companies wanting massive profits caused this issue, now they’re peddling self driving trucks as the solution. Tho tbh they have never really cared about safety, just profits.

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u/thegreatgazoo 13d ago

At least it's better than the pre CDL days. I cousin of mine was killed as a kid when they were rear ended by a trucker who was drunk and high at the time. Back then all you needed was a chauffeur's license which had a harder written test and a retake of the driving test.

They had to chase him down state by state because he kept going to different states to get a license, and most non adjacent states didn't talk with each other.

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u/pedroah 13d ago edited 13d ago

Fire fighter here was drunk on duty and crashed a fire truck into a motorcyclist. Then ran and hid inside a bar to sober up. They did not test him until hours later . The machine said bac was 0.15 or something like that, but that evidence was thrown out because the machine used to test him was not certified.

Charges were brought against the fire fighter but dismissed due to lack of evidence.

The motorcyclist (or their estate) later won $5 million from the city.

This was 2015-ish, so not some pre-CDL times. CDL only goes so far...

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u/jrmiv4 13d ago

Hellova recovery by both vehicles, though.

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u/skankopotamus 12d ago

I'm absolutely amazed it didn't end worse

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u/PlebBot69 13d ago

Honestly that ended up much better than it could have

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u/Lyvectra 13d ago

Everyone is taking about blind spots and I’m over here wondering why trucks these days aren’t fitted with back and side cameras like all the new cars.

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u/clocker23099032 13d ago

truck had absolutely no business being in the left hand lane in the first place

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u/destineysunshine 13d ago

As a former regular driver on the I5, I don't mind trucks passing other trucks cause obvious load weights etc (especially in the hilly parts) but what annoys me is when a big rig has to pass cause some dumb car is going hella slow.

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u/EscapingTheLabrynth 13d ago

How the fuck you gonna crash on that straight, flat, dry road in the middle of the day?

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u/JAugie13 13d ago

Giving out cdls like candy

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u/thisfilmkid 13d ago

How much you want to bet..... truck driver said black car was at fault?

Start betting.

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u/tinselsnips 13d ago

"He came out of nowhere"

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u/weldthrowawa 13d ago

The supply chain chrunch has really increased the number of seriously inexperienced truck drivers in the road imo. Especially the ones that drive like they're invulnerable due to their size and just pull out on the middle of traffic.

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u/Comb_Conscious 13d ago

Good job turning down the radio so you can drive better 😉

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u/SickPup404 13d ago

Tell me you used to be a Swift driver without telling me you used to be a Swift driver.

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u/LinguineLegs 13d ago edited 13d ago

Some of you people are smoking crack rock. Crack is wack. This shows you how fucking delusional people are in general and why some lawsuits have the outcome they do.

What exactly did this convertible driver do wrong?

They're minding their own business in the right lane and the truck attempts to overtake them, miraculously loses track of them and drives into them.

I agree you don't politic next to a truck when you don't need to, but this is 150 thousand percent the truck driver's fault.

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u/RobotArtichoke 13d ago

Finally a dashcam video with halfway decent music

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u/peshtigojoe 12d ago

Drive I-5 in NorCal... Truckers do the Slow Pass on purpose; and will cut you off, 100% ... d I c k s

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