Big Black SUV 0, Eighteen Wheeler 1

 Come on people, please! It has been almost two hours since I witnessed the accident and I am still trying to come to grips with the entire thing.


 Bella and I were coming back from hiking the mountain. Bella stretched out across the backseat, me doing my drive and sing along with the radio thing. Everything was wonderful right up until I began pulling up to a traffic light. An eighteen wheeler was in the outside lane, I was pulling up along side in the inside lane when I noticed the SUV. Obviously they wanted in the fast food place, obviously they weren’t waiting.


 It was almost like watching slow motion but it wasn’t. The driver pulled across directly in front of the bigger than them truck. Directly, just inches in front of the bigger than them truck. Big black SUV didn’t make it. The bigger than them truck got ’em good. My viewpoint wasn’t the best, but it appeared the bigger than them truck caught the back quarter of the SUV and sent them spinning. Across the road front landscaping of the restaurant, slinging dirt and what ever up into the air. The SUV came back out into the road and then into the parking lot of business on the corner. The eighteen wheeler had come to a stop in the road. I had no where or way to stop, plus it didn’t appear that anyone should have been hurt that badly. Well, that spinning might have created some injuries but I kept going. It should be on my dash cam. I’ll get my son to check and see if we can see the name of the trucking company and email them the video. Because it definitely was NOT that driver’s fault.


Don’t mess with eighteen wheelers y’all, you won’t win.

They are bigger than you. They cannot stop quickly. A fully loaded truck going highway speed takes the length of three football fields to stop. Really. Don’t pull up beside one and hang there, the driver cannot see you. Have you heard of that thing called blind spots? Well those are almost the entire length of that trailer. That area directly in front of a truck on the highway? That is their buffer zone, if you think you can slip in there and ride too close, they can’t see you. That spot was not for you, don’t go there. I could go on, but I won’t.


 I have heard drivers say that one of the requirements before anyone is allowed to get a driver’s license, is that all drivers need to take a course on how to drive around the big trucks. Because it seems so many are clueless.


 Yes, yes, yes, I do know that there are some jerk truck drivers out there. No one has to tell me that. I am still friends with drivers. I hear the horror stories. About how fourwheelers act around them and how other drivers act.

All they want to do, is do their job and go home to their families. We can help that happen, if we drive around them as if we have some common sense. That driver today, absolutely did not do this. That burger, fries and soda could have waited just a few more minutes. You know what would have been better? Go down to the next intersection, do a safe u-turn and pull up to where all you would have had to do was make a right hand turn inside, not cut across all those lanes of traffic directly in front of a bigger than you truck.


If it isn’t obvious, I feel no pity for the driver of the SUV (even as I hope they aren’t injured) and every bit for the driver of that bigger than them truck who was doing nothing wrong. Nothing. Now that may, probably will, go against them–even though they were doing nothing but pulling up toward a traffic signal that had changed to green for us.

You may be gone my dear, but I will still fight on for those who drive. It isn’t an easy lifestyle by any means. Champions are needed.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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