I have a dangerous job. Many people don’t think about what a Truck Driver has to deal with on a daily basis. Not only do we have to safely handle 80,000 lbs of truck and trailer, (that’s equal to 20 average cars!) but we have to anticipate what other drivers are going to do. Many accidents are the trucker’s fault it’s true, but MANY more are the fault of people in cars who don’t understand the poor decisions they make every day. Every day people cut me off, pull in to close in front of me, pass on the right, and generally do some pretty stupid things that could easily get them killed. At 55 mph, it would take me the distance of 5 telephone poles to stop. When your out tomorrow, count 5 poles, and then think about pulling out in front of a truck with your kids in the back seat!
I went by this one today that was apparently the fault of the trucker. The driver ran into the back of another truck and could have died. He is very fortunate he will be able to go home to his family after a short hospital stay. Many others are not.
The following photo’s can all be found on the web. I left out the real gory ones as I don’t feel the need to show them to illustrate my point.
From what I read, all of these were fatalities for the truck driver or the driver of the car. Please, give us a little more room! If you wipe out in front of me, it’s not going to be a little nudge, you could very well die. We all have family’s too. We would like to go home and see them as much as you do yours. We are out here to bring you all the things you use on a daily basis. Almost everything you have was brought to a store on a truck. Were doing a job that benefits all of us. The police and news media are always looking for who’s at fault, but let me say this…even if it was my fault, it does you no good if your dead!