Rear-end Collision . . . Averted (Almost)

Avoiding a rear-end collision

Life is Good

I occasionally watch Life is Good, an owner-operator and YouTuber, for his insights and adventures. He employs commentary driving during his videos, explaining what’s going on and how he handles the situation.

In his video We almost DIE and KILL the four wheelers going down Fancy Gap, (starting at 12:00), he shows a typical situation where cars bunch up around a slower vehicle. He spots the slower vehicles from afar and starts to slow down.

But despite his efforts in anticipating the slower traffic, he wasn’t ready for a vehicle in front of him really slowing down to allow vehicles into the left lane. This resulted in the truck making a quick lane change and what is known as a “hard-braking” incident.

He analyzes what happened (13:24) and later concludes he “was prepared, but not prepared enough.”

Rear-End Collisions and Trucking

Rear-end collisions occur frequently in trucking, about 18% of truck crashes each year. Although the crash may not be the fault of the truck, any crash involvement is documented, affects CSA scores and appears on your loss runs. There are instances (in some jurisdictions) of the trucking company being made to pay for the crash, if the other vehicle has no insurance.

Most collisions can be avoided. Sometimes the solution is training (defensive driving, commentary driving, driver coaching, etc.). Sometimes the solution is deployment of technology (automatic braking, collision avoidance systems, etc.). Sometimes it is simply old-fashioned accident analysis and removal of the 1% of “accident prone” drivers or remediation of excellent drivers who are in need of a little help.

Whatever the solution applied, it’s time to increase all of your drivers’ vigilance in moving traffic. The most dangerous mile of road is always the mile ahead.

Thank you for reading this.

All opinions expressed are my own and may not reflect the views of any companies or organizations I work with.

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