Dashcam of the week: Reckless driver makes a disastrous left turn
“Patience is a virtue” is one of many proverbial expressions used to convey truth or advice. Well, there was no patience or virtue during our Dashcam of the Week when a truck driver tried to maneuver around a passenger car to make a left turn onto a highway ramp. This impatient decision resulted in a crash into a school bus with passengers aboard.
The collision happened in Pasco County, FL, on January 17, 2017, on Florida State Road 52 underneath the I-75 overpass. A passenger car held its position in the front of the left turn lane, waiting for the right opportunity to turn onto the exit ramp. However, the truck driver that enters the scene behind the passenger car did not want to wait for a safe moment.
Watch the video below for a clear view of the T-bone crash:
On August 16, 2018, Fleet Owner hosted a webinar with Mike Becker, director of routing intelligence transformation at PepsiCo. During this webinar, Becker shared his thoughts about the struggles of determining the most efficient route for truck drivers. When discussing this, Becker noted the importance of recognizing left and right-hand turns when building a route.
“Taking left-hand turns in a commercial vehicle tends to have more accidents instead of having a right-hand turn scenario,” Becker said. This safety measure can potentially maximize time efficiency as well as safety due to a left-hand turn penalty, he added.