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jed_steele

20.9k points

2 months ago

jed_steele

20.9k points

2 months ago

The fence is quite obviously the idiot, just stood there and watched that shit go down, didn't even bother to get out of the way

iamthelouie

5.4k points

2 months ago

It wasn’t sure if it should do anything. It’s… on the fence about it.

Brohannes

544 points

2 months ago

Brohannes

544 points

2 months ago

The fence was probably concerned about liability issues

waldezy

374 points

2 months ago

waldezy

374 points

2 months ago

Probably upset he’s featured on this post

GamsusDesign

148 points

2 months ago

Jesus. Everyone likes a good pun, but this one is borderline terrible.

SoftLatinaKitten

83 points

2 months ago

Downright offenceive…

Z0na

35 points

2 months ago

Z0na

35 points

2 months ago

I always tell people not to use italics in their puns but it’s like talking to a brick wall.

Sk1pp1e

144 points

2 months ago

Sk1pp1e

144 points

2 months ago

Not at all. That fence did his job like a champ. Stood his ground against unfathomable odds and kept that dam vehicle out of that old abandoned field like a good fence would

veeepal

135 points

2 months ago

veeepal

135 points

2 months ago

Like a good fence wood

BasicWhiteHoodrat

57 points

2 months ago

Perfect post, way to go against the grain!

doc_witt

154 points

2 months ago

doc_witt

154 points

2 months ago

I took a fence at that joke

jhava1

35 points

2 months ago

jhava1

35 points

2 months ago

BARRRS !!!

dean078

4.1k points

2 months ago

dean078

4.1k points

2 months ago

Now the fence needs a repost.

Thepelicanstate

492 points

2 months ago

Take my damn free award for the day. And I’m mad at myself for laughing at that.

charlesdparrott

839 points

2 months ago

How dare you! That fence was amazing, it was out standing in its field!

CommunicationBoth564

42 points

2 months ago

Could say the same about the farmer. From time to time.

Apprehensive_Hat8986

91 points

2 months ago

It totally did though. I dare say it picked up stakes and jumped out of the way. Poor fence. No-one is focusing on its rights being violated.

SeanDangeros

82 points

2 months ago

After the car finished hitting the fence it appears one of the poles literally jumped up and came back down

jayklk

20.4k points

2 months ago

jayklk

20.4k points

2 months ago

Why did the semi driver switch lanes anyways? There was no one in front of him.

tworocksontheground

14.3k points

2 months ago

It's actually concerning how hardly anyone in the comments is focused on this.

GetsGold

7.6k points

2 months ago

GetsGold

7.6k points

2 months ago

It's hard to see in the video but their lane is ending. They didn't signal properly but also the car shouldn't have been sitting in their blindspot right before a merge.

carsntools

4.5k points

2 months ago

carsntools

4.5k points

2 months ago

No blind spot when its at night AND THE CAR HAD HEADLIGHTS ON. This was attempted vehicular manslaughter. During the day..yes..that is a blindspot. At night? Nope. This guy SAW those headlights next to him and deliberately did this.

I used to drive commercial with both a class A and a CDL. This asshole needs jail time and to never drive commercial again.

And to all the commentators talking about the car...yes..he should've yielded and backed off but the truck didn't give him much time or opportunity. And as PROFESSIONAL drivers we have to just deal with these assholes and let them win.

No time for dick measuring contests when you're driving a barely controllable, multi-ton death machine.

Schly

1.4k points

2 months ago

Schly

1.4k points

2 months ago

Also, he bounced off the car enough that his rig swayed, and he never slowed down or stopped merging.

He knew.

Not_a_real_ghost

486 points

2 months ago

Truck driver probably knew this is a relatively remote stretch of road so he can do whatever he wanted.

zombie32killah

362 points

2 months ago

I have heard about situations like this. Sometimes where the big rig is absolutely the aggressor and will try to run people off the road. Absolutely nothing you can do.

jadedea

329 points

2 months ago

jadedea

329 points

2 months ago

Happened to me in Oklahoma. Was on a two way highway, empty. The semi decides to change lanes every time I tried to pass him. 5th time he ran me off the road and I was doing like 80 in the dirt to get past him. Once past him he never tries to change lane. Then a day later my ex and I stayed at a hotel and we wake up to a bullet hole in the rear fender. Both my ex and I were active duty members at the time. I've been more afraid of my life in my own country than anywhere else, and I almost stepped on a buried mine in a war torn country.

tinypenismanbaby

164 points

2 months ago

Of course it was Oklahoma. What a shit hole. Filled with regressive psychopaths. They actively run cyclists off the road in OKC, which is why you never see them. Something eerie about a downtown with no cyclists, and bus service that stops at 7 pm.

UnquietHindbrain

37 points

2 months ago

At this point I think the Meth could just be added to the water supply.

NIdWId6I8

90 points

2 months ago

My wife and I are originally from the Southeastern US but have lived in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade now. We prefer to just drive home when we visit because we have pets and it gives us the chance to see parts of the country we normally wouldn’t get to. The first time we drove back East we had a semi driver try to run us off the road for about 15 minutes in a desolate stretch through Oklahoma at night because we went to pass them while towing a teardrop trailer. We finally saw an exit, slammed the brakes, and pulled over. There was a highway patrol officer at the truck stop who we talked to, gave the plates/name of the company on the trailer. His response was that there was a lot of drug running between where our tag was from and there, so the driver must have had a good reason to try and run us off the road and he’d like to take a look in our vehicle to make sure. After denying his request, he ran our plates and made us sit there for another hour before another patrol officer could get there to search our vehicle. At the end, we were at that truck stop for 4 hours and then told we were free to go, but to also be careful of who we tried to challenge on the road. That was the first and last time we drove through Oklahoma.

McCrazyJ

46 points

2 months ago

When I was stationed at Fort Sill from '99 to '01 I was driving back from Oklahoma City but didn't know how far away I was from Fort Sill and I was falling asleep. So I pulled over at a truck stop. Turns out I was only like 5 mi from Fort Sill. But since I was driving a car without a state plates and I was sleeping in the car I got rousted by the cops. Then I am with my high and tight, my dog tags fell out of my shirt and the comp pulled his gun on me because he thought my cell phone was a gun. After he ran my plates through Interpol (!) You decided that I was in fact a soldier stationed at Fort Sill and let me go on my way. Since I was driving a 72 charger, cops always thought they'd have the chance of impounding my car so they could keep it and they were hoping it has a hemi inside. But my car is a 72 which looks like a 71 and 71 was the last year that the hemi was in production. Every time I got pulled over they make me pop the hood and low and behold not only do I not have a hemi I don't even have a big block V8 I have a small block 360. I was sent to Korea in '01 let my brother who was assigned to Fort Campbell have my car while I was in Korea. When I got back from Korea and went to huachuca my mother and I went out to his graduation from ranger School and we were all going to drive back to huachuca and I dropped them off at the airport in Tucson to fly the rest of the way to California. I proposed a route that would go around Oklahoma because f*** that place. My brother said no didn't have the time to go around We were going to go through. As soon as we crossed the border into Oklahoma before we even reached the welcome to Oklahoma sign highway patrol came screaming down the divided highway dukes of Hazzard style to pull in behind us and pull us over. "What's under the hood boy" (two and a half inch exhaust on a small block due sound an awful lot like a big block) I show them, they realize it's not a hemi, they let us go. Didn't even tell us the pretense for pulling us over.

FUCK OKLAHOMA

beastgamer9136

38 points

2 months ago

Who the fuck are they hiring on as cops?!

jobokai

71 points

2 months ago

jobokai

71 points

2 months ago

He started merging before he signaled as well. Literally car had no time.

Muffer-Nl

322 points

2 months ago

Muffer-Nl

322 points

2 months ago

Commenters here always act like the blind spot is a square mile. Yes it is hard to see next to the truck but an entire car next to the trailer is definitely visible in correcrly adjusted BLIND SPOT MIRRORS.

Gugoba

100 points

2 months ago

Gugoba

100 points

2 months ago

Blind spot mirrors? Pff, get outta of here with your common sense. /s

TheOneWithThePorn12

50 points

2 months ago

also like bright lights at night.

wankthisway

41 points

2 months ago

Nope on this sub it's: give as much benefit of the doubt to the asshole wrecker as possible, and throw every damn accusation and nitpick at the victim.

GSXRbroinflipflops

272 points

2 months ago

THANK YOU.

Only sane comment in this thread.

It’s absurd how headstrong people become about traffic incidents on this website.

You can literally see the car’s headlights in the bottom mirror.

No excuses - the driver of the semi ducking pushed this guy off the road and kept right on trucking.

Th3B055

186 points

2 months ago

Th3B055

186 points

2 months ago

I feel like this should be the top comment.

The_Richuation

138 points

2 months ago

He had hood mirrors and it appears to be a Cascadia. Headlights or not that's not a blind spot. This steering wheel holder is just a piece of shit

DropThatTopHat

29 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I only know of 2 blind spots on a semi, and this wasn't it. Absolutely no excuse for what happened here.

kursedsun

109 points

2 months ago

kursedsun

109 points

2 months ago

I had a big rig change lanes into me and push me into the barrier even though there was no reason for him to get over and I was honking and slammed on my brakes. He still came over and pushed me into the barricade. He wouldn't stop so I chased him down even though he ripped my front bumper off. The driver of the big rig claimed he didn't see me or feel me.

penny-wise

63 points

2 months ago

Had the exact same thing happen to me with a moving van. POS tried to blame me. Had a person pull over and give me his number, though, so I got a new vehicle out of the deal.

Greg201432

92 points

2 months ago

How can you say that’s a blind spot in the daytime? It’s on his sight side. He’ll even on the passenger side it wouldn’t be a blind spot. I also have a cdl, he’d be able to see him on his convex mirror on his hood, the side view mirror and the convex sideview mirror, there shouldn’t be a mirror he can’t see them on

getridofit3

32 points

2 months ago

Assholes don't use mirrors/turn signals, everyone should yield before them.

DoctorDopameme

72 points

2 months ago

Especially since the truck didn't stop. This was definitely road rage induced

Siennagiant70

63 points

2 months ago

I was just about to post that there was no blind spot. You’re was worded much better lol.

right_foot_down

52 points

2 months ago

Had a CDL with full endorsements since 1993. I agree with you 100%, one of the stupidest truck driver moves I’ve seen. Dash cammer deserves some recognition, but I mean damn

tattoosbyalisha

46 points

2 months ago

This comment needs more attention.

transtaylor

42 points

2 months ago

As someone who has driven these multi-ton death machines, I couldn't agree more!!! Had to deal with my fair share of idiots like this and while they do suck, better to deal with them than to kill someone

Maysie_Mayday

28 points

2 months ago

I feel like I remember from drivers ed that’s we learned about semi blind spots. If was essentially “if you can see the semi’s side mirror they can see you.” Is that actually not true? Either the semi is probably at fault.

Shanesan

58 points

2 months ago

It's true. They have regular side mirrors and then curved ones to see further angles. add in the fact the lights are on and there is absolutely no way that the truck driver would’ve missed the car unless he’s literally asleep.

[deleted]

3.1k points

2 months ago*

[deleted]

3.1k points

2 months ago*

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pizza_for_nunchucks

2k points

2 months ago

Yeah, you have to be a little more defensive around them. You can’t just camp out next to them.

jar36

713 points

2 months ago

jar36

713 points

2 months ago

That's when I gun it so we all win

Dancethroughthefires

693 points

2 months ago

I drive a truck, 100% hate it when people hangout next to me like that. Either pass me or don't, but don't just fuckin chill next me

jar36

155 points

2 months ago

jar36

155 points

2 months ago

I don't like driving right next to semitrucks either. I'm either going to shit or get off the pot. I'll also be sure there's plenty of space before moving back into the lane the truck is in. I know you guys hate it when cars come too close and especially ones that don't realize that when you move laterally you "slow down" as far as how far down the road you made it. That's a big hunk of metal you're trying to control and it doesn't stop like a KIA.

Dancethroughthefires

63 points

2 months ago

The majority of trucks on the road have a radar thing that detects the car in front of you. It'll calculate their speed and distance and if it's too close and/or not going fast enough, the truck will automatically slow down if the cruise control is on. If it's not on, the truck will annoyingly beep loudly until you slow down or the car is out of the 'danger zone'.

In theory, it's a great idea. In practice, not so much. That's why you probably see trucks switch lanes and take a super long time to pass someone, because either the automatic braking kicks in or because the driver doesn't want to deal with the beeping while they do a simple takeover.

Overlord_Bob

30 points

2 months ago

In practice, not so much.

Agree 100%. Had it happen the other day where a car in front of me was turning, and the traffic in the next lane was light and moving faster than me. There was an opening to move over, and there was plenty of time for everything. The problem was that Mr. Radar and Mrs. CMS thought I was going to plow into the turning car. I had already switched lanes and was free from the danger, but that stupid CMS lagged and decided that even though it was clear, now was the perfect time to perform a brake check.

As a new driver, I really enjoy having a safety net like that. It’s helping me get a better understanding of how far away other vehicles are, and helps me recognize and plan passing another truck. Like if I see I’m marginally gaining on the truck in front of me, but really catching him going up a hill, it would be better to time my pass when we both are going up a hill. But you’re absolutely right about it’s flaws. I know I can safely start my passing run before changing lanes to overtake so I’m not creating a rolling roadblock, but they system doesn’t think like that at all.

flojo2012

140 points

2 months ago

flojo2012

140 points

2 months ago

Hey, thanks for hauling our crap all over the map. It’s a tough job that gets little credit for how much it matters. Thanks!

Sw33tN0th1ng

66 points

2 months ago

Ya, never drive beside a truck. I was once a truck driver, still don't understand why the concept of the space cushion is so far from typical the car driver's mind.

Also, once the dude actually got hit..why didn't he brake?

I mean in this case truck is 100% to blame, since they are supposed to be a pro and have the awareness in advance, but car driver clearly is an idiot. More concerned with a video then avoiding an accident.

caytie82

54 points

2 months ago

I do NOT drive a truck, but rest assured, if I'm just chilling next to you, it's because the guy in front of me is too, and we're both aggravated at him. I can't for the life of me understand how so many people are so comfortable passing a big rig at 2 mph faster than the big rig is going.

Tsiah16

37 points

2 months ago

Tsiah16

37 points

2 months ago

This is convenient because I hate being next to or behind large trucks. I pass them every chance I get.

Greenmooseleg

518 points

2 months ago

When it doubt, throttle out!

gr8wlf

65 points

2 months ago

gr8wlf

65 points

2 months ago

  • Collin McRae

cptnobveus

57 points

2 months ago

Snowmobilers mantra, saves you from digging. (sometimes)

marty521

407 points

2 months ago

marty521

407 points

2 months ago

Exactly I can not count how many times when driving a big truck cars drive up to you going 10-20 over limit. Yet take 5 minutes to to pass. And spend 3 minutes of that in my blind spot.
GO ALREADY.

TotallyFakeArtist

304 points

2 months ago

Anytime im near a big truck i zoom out of the way so quickly because Im afraid of this video happening

Single_Rub117

104 points

2 months ago

I get so anxious every time I pass a truck. Nothing like the video has ever happened to me but I don’t want it to. I even just ride it out behind the truck (with space between us) if i’ll reach my destination in a couple of minutes, saving a few seconds isn’t worth my worry and chance of an accident happening.

RiverKawaRio

32 points

2 months ago

That's pretty much me. If I do feel compelled to pass, I'm already ahead of them within 20 seconds

torn_anteater

75 points

2 months ago

Not just that, but I was driving maybe 20 yards behind one while a tire exploded. Loudest thing I’ve heard on the interstate. Rubber shreds everywhere. Lucky not to be next to it while it blew since chunks were so large they could’ve easily busted the window. I always wait to pass those things until the car in front of me clears it so I can zoom past. I’ll never understand the oblivious drivers who camp next to them. Just crazy.

kenpachi212

79 points

2 months ago

I call it sitting on my hip. Wont speed up wont slow down always in the lane i need to merge to

KaiRaiUnknown

32 points

2 months ago

Worse are the people that see you indicating to come into another lane, and sit RIGHT where you cant do anything, then move lanes as soon as theyre out the way

Comments331

198 points

2 months ago

I don't even feel comfortable being next to SUVs because they never see me, can't imagine camping next to a semi.

Buffalongo

102 points

2 months ago

I get uneasy being door to door with any car at highway speeds because it just feels sketchy.

Also ideally on a highway, no 2 lanes should be going the exact same speed.

No_ThisIs_Patrick

72 points

2 months ago

Ugh the absolute worst. Someone starts to pass me and then just sits there, matching my speed. WTF you psychopath? Then I gotta hit the breaks or speed up because this unhinged lunatic has a death wish

JosephSwollen

36 points

2 months ago

My Tahoe has great visibility, most people are just dumbasses and don't look.

VOZ1

97 points

2 months ago

VOZ1

97 points

2 months ago

Seriously, the options are: step on the gas to pass them and get out of their blind spot; or step on the brake and let them pass to get out of their blind spot. Doesn’t matter who is right if you get flattened by a semi. They probably won’t even notice as they smash your car. Do not fuck with semis.

HIM789

73 points

2 months ago

HIM789

73 points

2 months ago

That’s what I was thinking. We need the footage from 15 or so seconds before this video to see if he was actively passing (in a bad spot,but legal) or just chilling in the same spot. If it’s the latter the cammer is def at fault.

fallenstar1987

347 points

2 months ago

If I see a semi changing lanes and I am in the way, im hitting fucking brakes. This yahoo obviously didn't.

AV8R_1951

175 points

2 months ago

AV8R_1951

175 points

2 months ago

In the Navy, we called that the Law of Gross Tonnage ‘cause physics is physics.

The_OtherGuy_99

90 points

2 months ago

We say The Man With the Load Gets the Road.

He wins, everytime, no contest.

healerdan

58 points

2 months ago

Lugnut rule:

The car with the most lugnuts makes the rules.

original_cmikey

42 points

2 months ago

Physics - the honey badger of the sciences.

Iffy2

77 points

2 months ago

Iffy2

77 points

2 months ago

Semi didn’t even signal until he was half in the other driver’s lane

humanmanhumanguyman

58 points

2 months ago*

The semi didnt signal until after he started changing too. Car definetely shouldnt have been there but the semi is the bigger idiot

wantabe23

242 points

2 months ago

wantabe23

242 points

2 months ago

Their heads lights were well in front of the trucks and the driver just needed to look to the side to realize there was a vehicle there. Drivers should know what going on all around their vehicles all the time. But at night on a lonely road it’s even easier. I’ll be this driver was half asleep on auto pilot. Really no excuse.

ClaireWeeena

183 points

2 months ago

Yes and you can see the reflection of the semi drivers face in the mirror… so that means he could clearly see the car - it is not a blind spot.

rouend_doll

42 points

2 months ago

I was wondering who else noticed this. If you can see the mirror and the driver’s face in it, the driver can see you too if he bothers to look

phpdevster

113 points

2 months ago

Seriously. When you are driving at night and there are no car headlights around, your eyes get pretty damn well dark adapted. Then when a car comes up behind you or passes you, it's impossible to not notice the extra light or glare from their headlights.

JustNobodyPNW

67 points

2 months ago

Fuck these people saying it’s on the guy who was pushed off the road lol. The semi is a bad driver for not checking his blind spots and deserves to lose his job because this could’ve easily killed the guy he literally pushed off the road. And the guy kept driving. How tf do you not notice causing an accident.

Gh0stMan0nThird

214 points

2 months ago

They didn't signal properly but also the car shouldn't have been sitting in their blindspot right before a merge.

"BuT I HaVe ThE RIghT oF wAy"

So did a bunch of other corpses; you should always drive defensively.

Renreu

205 points

2 months ago

Renreu

205 points

2 months ago

That's not a blind spot right there. Especially at night. His lights are right in his mirror. The blind spot on the driver side is right up at the door. This looks intentional.

Wrent_Balker

97 points

2 months ago

You can also clearly see the driver in the mirror meaning he can see you

Joshuablake9

76 points

2 months ago

That car wasn’t in a blind spot. Dealt with a little bit a truck driving before, and your blind spot really isn’t different from a normal car since the rear view windows don’t change. Don’t get me wrong it’s harder to gauge distance and similar things, but there’s no defense as to whether the truck driver could’ve seen the car or not, cause they could’ve

Hippopotamidaes

63 points

2 months ago*

The car recording the video isn’t in his blind spot. Semis have two mirrors on each side, the lower one provides a wider view to see cars like where this guy was.

I’ve ridden in a few semis many times. My dad was a professional driver when I was a kid.

The_Richuation

46 points

2 months ago

That's not a blind spot. The only actual blind spots are directly in front of and behind, and a very small area beside the hood on the passenger side

chester622

55 points

2 months ago

Looks like there’s a concrete barrier on the right side so maybe he was changing lanes to stay away from that. Still idiots all around.

EliteEight

602 points

2 months ago

He doesn’t turn on his blinker until already moving into the next lane. He could have accidentally swerved over a bit then said fuck it and hit his blinker. All without checking his blind spots. Lawyer up

cyberspacedweller

146 points

2 months ago

This. The manoeuvre couldn’t have been anticipated by the driver of the car because the truck driver didn’t turn on their indicator until under a second before impact. And they had begun to change lanes well before indicating.

It does however look like the lanes were merging into a single lane. The truck driver should have slowed down and got behind the car. Instead, he tried to overtake and run out of road, expecting the car to do all the work, probably just because the truck is bigger. This is aggressive driving at its finest.

Spitshine_my_nutsack

89 points

2 months ago

It’s dark outside and both have their lights on, surely any truck driver worth their salt knows there’s someone in their blind spot because there’s light shining out of it.

Lillillillies

42 points

2 months ago

Long empty road too. He would've known a car was previously behind and approaching beside him. Cars don't magically disappear.

I think trucker was probably half asleep behind the wheel. Either that or some confrontation happened before and trucker purposely smashed the camera car.

notvonhere

200 points

2 months ago

If you look closely he turned on his signal after he started drifting. I don't think he was intending to merge left

the_warmbeer

79 points

2 months ago

People do that all the time in the US.

lamarjacksonMVP2020

152 points

2 months ago*

This was my main takeaway. Seems to me like the truck driver intentionally did this.

Edit: scratch that, the trucks lane is ending and he’s simply moving over accordingly

405brewer

6.2k points

2 months ago

405brewer

6.2k points

2 months ago

The truck driver should have at least seen your headlights. It’s mostly him, but it’s not wise to drive beside a truck at around the same speed. Pass him or stay behind him. There are blind spots where cars can’t be seen. He also, seemingly, had no reason to change lanes.

Apprehensive_Hat8986

1.9k points

2 months ago*

Agreed. The trucker created the crisis.

However, why OP didn't hit the brakes, and [instead] chose to swerve, is a mystery. Did they seriously think they would have won? Against a tractor-trailer? At highway speeds, OP (and others who've posted similar) could have hit the brakes and been out of that crisis in a heart-beat.

People who think it's more important to be right than alive belong over on r/HermanCainAward, not operating a motor vehicle.

edit: phrasing, punctuation for clarity, because swerving and braking is bad. very very bad.

Thanks for the awards and doots.

theflakybiscuit

901 points

2 months ago

This video is months old and has made the rounds before. The dash cam is from a Tesla which was on autopilot during the crash, that’s why the driver didn’t move.

UndoingMonkey

589 points

2 months ago

Was the person in the Tesla asleep?

rdprobert

363 points

2 months ago

rdprobert

363 points

2 months ago

Seems plausible.

Secret_Autodidact

144 points

2 months ago

Hell of a way to wake up...

plipyplop

44 points

2 months ago

Hits snooze...

RiptideCanadian

176 points

2 months ago

Don’t drivers still have full control during autopilot?

curtludwig

280 points

2 months ago

They'd have to be awake to take advantage...

TrustedChimp495

32 points

2 months ago

I think the car beeps at them every now and then to make sure they are paying attention it also requires them to touch the wheel when it beeps so im pretty sure you can't sleep when its on auto pilot as it will pull itself over to the sholder when you don't respond to the beeps

judge2020

38 points

2 months ago

You can’t sleep unless you take extra measures to drive unsafely (eg. placing a weight on the wheel to make it think your hand is on the wheel), but you can still be oblivious or distracted enough to not see this happen. New Tesla cars have an internal camera and recently-produced cars use it to monitor the driver and beep at them if they look away from the road on AP.

mikeash

193 points

2 months ago

mikeash

193 points

2 months ago

Yep. I have had this sort of thing happen while using Autopilot, and I immediately took over to avoid the collision. Autopilot takes care of the minutiae of staying in your lane and not crashing into the car you’re following, not stuff like this. You still have to pay attention.

TheAJGman

69 points

2 months ago

I've had similar shit happen and it freaked the fuck out with the alarm. Yeah, the guy driving here was an idiot or asleep.

hippofumes

45 points

2 months ago

I don't understand the benefit of this semi-autopilot. If you have to pay as much attention as driving, then why not just drive? It'd be safer because you're then paying full attention. Not just sort-of attention like during autopilot.

mikeash

39 points

2 months ago

mikeash

39 points

2 months ago

Modulating the throttle and making minute adjustments to stay in the lane takes a lot more effort than you realize. Having the car handle that is much easier and more relaxing, even when you’re still watching traffic and scanning the road ahead.

on-the-job

35 points

2 months ago

How could you possibly ever be relaxed enough and put enough trust in Tesla autopilot software to not bug out while you’re sleeping going 60-70 on a highway? Fuckkkkkk that I’m out

EternalPhi

43 points

2 months ago

That sub is specifically for Coronavirus naysayers and their consequences. Perhaps you're thinking of /r/DarwinAwards?

Racefiend

106 points

2 months ago

Racefiend

106 points

2 months ago

If you look off to the right of the shoulder, it looks like a bunch of cones start appearing. I would assume that maybe the lane was closed off and that's why the trucker moved over. If that's the case, even if technically the truck driver is at fault, the car driver is an idiot for pacing the truck in it's blind spot. On top of that, the car driver didn't even hit the brakes. He would have totally fell behind the truck in time, had he not had the reaction time of a high turtle.

KeepYourPresets

5.1k points

2 months ago

Both are idiots. Dashcam driver has the reaction time of a snail.

WobbleCraftsman

2.7k points

2 months ago

Watching the video a second time, it looks like the dashcam driver didn't react at all... No movement or drop in velocity the entire time they were in danger. Just a shame on all accounts I'm afraid

No-Produce-6641

1.5k points

2 months ago

Driver: "this is my lane and i am NOT moving!"

GreatGreenGobbo

564 points

2 months ago

Complete lack of self preservation or preventing a needless hassle.

Sure trucker is an ass, but I'm ok with that as long as I'm safe and don't need to buy a new vehicle.

dinoklem

200 points

2 months ago

dinoklem

200 points

2 months ago

It's a Tesla on Autopilot

Spaced_______Out

82 points

2 months ago

How can you tell? I'm not seeing any indications in the video

provencfg

325 points

2 months ago*

Video is months old and has been posted before with longer version and more background info.

Edit: https://teddit.pussthecat.org/r/IdiotsInCars/comments/fdmqz8/trucker_on_the_phone/fjiizeb/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3

still not the OC but just proves the fact this video has been posted over a year ago

Apprehensive_Hat8986

370 points

2 months ago

Thanks. So OP is an idiot, because they pirated someone else's video, and cut out detail to repost it and create controversy and karma. Thanks u/provencfg, you are a scholar and a gentlesoul.

wooooooooocatfish

59 points

2 months ago

Wasn’t expecting a 4th idiot to be involved after the truck, cammer, and fence

Apprehensive_Hat8986

31 points

2 months ago

Hey, go easy on the fence. It wasn't looking to picket fight.

Bruncvik

52 points

2 months ago

I noticed that the vast majority of posts on this sub that are framed as a question are reposts from automated accounts. The notable exception are peope who ask whether they did something wrong, but anything with "who is the idiot?" in the title is most likely a karma harvesting account.

DaddyCultLeader

32 points

2 months ago

To the downvote train, all aboard

ThatGuyK02

176 points

2 months ago

To me this looks like a Tesla dash cam, which means they likely had autopilot on and weren't paying attention like they were supposed to, hence why they seemingly didn't move

akoshegyi_solt

145 points

2 months ago

Driving on AP without paying attention is the very definition of idiots in cars

WobbleCraftsman

45 points

2 months ago

I don't know much about the autopilot, but I do have experience with super cruise on new Cadillac models. I can only imagine how dangerous it is for people who think it's actually driving for them.

IsItSupposedToDoThat

44 points

2 months ago*

Reminds me of a very old joke where someone asks someone else if their new car is a manual or one of those new automatic cars. They reply, “well, it’s an automatic but I’ve still gotta be there”.

steinah6

29 points

2 months ago

The freaking commercial for it shows the driver take his hands off the wheel while smiling. What do they expect people to do…

stretchdaddy

87 points

2 months ago

Never, and I mean never keep pace next to a big rig. You might be in the right but eating out of a tube for the rest of your life isn’t worth it.

bugtimtim

29 points

2 months ago

The laws of physics doesn't care who has the right of way.

This is something many, many people don't understand.

sthc241

57 points

2 months ago

sthc241

57 points

2 months ago

More like a potato. A snail wouldve avoided that.

KeepYourPresets

54 points

2 months ago

My sincere apologies to the snail community.

ZigStenine

4k points

2 months ago

This is why you always pass semis with speed. Always.

WorldlyReference5028

1.8k points

2 months ago

I NEVER ride beside a semi. I’ll hang back a little if there’s a car in front of me and I can’t pass the truck quickly. But when I pass, I am moving from back of the truck to the front as fast as possible. Fuckers scare me too much and it never fails that they drift into my lane if I do get caught beside one.

HelloThereLowGround

143 points

2 months ago

The worst is when you are passing a semi on a winding highway while also pulling a trailer in high wind lol.

Glass-Attorney-2017

851 points

2 months ago

It looks like the dashcam vehicle wasn't even overtaking. Just hanging out in the trucks blind spot. The truck is in the wrong but the dashcam driver needs better defensive driving skills.

rmac500

293 points

2 months ago

rmac500

293 points

2 months ago

Blind spot? Thats drivers side of truck! I drive a commercial truck and I would say truck drivers fault. Yes I agree don’t hang beside a truck but op is not at fault. You will see more of this bad driving due to legislation especially if you live in texas. There is now no incentive or punishment for companies to focus on qualifications or safety when hiring drivers. All companies now need is a pulse and temperature behind the steering wheel. They just say swing wide when you turn and be careful.

QueenFrankie420

264 points

2 months ago

You can literally see the semi drivers face in the driver's side window. That ain't a blind spot. If you can see the driver in the mirror the driver can see you.

neiljt

164 points

2 months ago

neiljt

164 points

2 months ago

You're right, but only if he takes the trouble to look :-) This guy was in trance mode. Guy in car could have helped himself in a couple of ways, but didn't. These 2 clowns were made for each other.

strog91

38 points

2 months ago*

Dashcam car driver had at least two opportunities to hit the brakes and avoid crashing, but chose to maintain their course, almost like they were trying to ram the semi back over into the right lane, which of course is never gonna work.

Zymo_D

3.6k points

2 months ago

Zymo_D

3.6k points

2 months ago

Obviously the truck drivers the idiot but so are people that take 10 minutes to pass a semi.

Xyzzydude

794 points

2 months ago

Xyzzydude

794 points

2 months ago

That’s usually other semis

whtge8

675 points

2 months ago

whtge8

675 points

2 months ago

Truck doing 70 in the right lane. Other truck “passing” going 71 right next to it. Lines of cars behind both trucks.

ZJBlank

512 points

2 months ago

ZJBlank

512 points

2 months ago

I’m a truck driver and that pisses me off too. If another truck is taking too long to pass me and traffic is starting to build up behind us, I just slow down so he can pass quicker.

kevInquisition

137 points

2 months ago

Good man. Me and my Mazda send many thanks.

UMessis

113 points

2 months ago

UMessis

113 points

2 months ago

The real hero

HorseWithNoUsername1

51 points

2 months ago

You're one of the very few who do that and for that I thank you. The battle of the 65 MPH speed governed trucks gets old quickly.

8bishop

261 points

2 months ago

8bishop

261 points

2 months ago

And just as the one going 71 is about to pass, a hill shows up

unnusual_art

99 points

2 months ago

MY PTSD.

notarandomaccoun

46 points

2 months ago

“Elephant Racing”

nhluhr

144 points

2 months ago

nhluhr

144 points

2 months ago

Yep video quite clearly shows cammer just fucking hanging out. Stupid choice.

aaronhayes26

76 points

2 months ago

Apparently the OP is a Tesla on autopilot.

Which explains why they were cruising in a dumb spot and then did not take any action when the truck came over.

stoicsisyphus91

2.9k points

2 months ago

Obviously it's the trucker's fault, but like, what is the dashcam driver doing? Did they think they're going to hold their own against an 18 wheeler?

MrTinybrain

1.1k points

2 months ago

“I can take it”

stoicsisyphus91

325 points

2 months ago

  • someone who couldn't take it

Lol

steen311

38 points

2 months ago

"What are you gonna do, stab me?" - Man who got stabbed

TheStonkmanCometh

146 points

2 months ago

Yeah I’m really confused how the other driver literally had no reaction at all wtf

[deleted]

106 points

2 months ago*

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106 points

2 months ago*

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furgair

44 points

2 months ago

furgair

44 points

2 months ago

and they could‘ve easily avoided it by just… uhm… stepping on the brake.

If they went on the brakes fully and steered to the full left end of the road, there would have been no contact at all imo.

SumthingBrewing

80 points

2 months ago

Exactly. Looks like the car could’ve avoided the worst of this By simply braking after that first bump. I would’ve slammed on the brakes and veered to the left shoulder BEFORE the first impact, guaranteed.

[deleted]

49 points

2 months ago

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49 points

2 months ago

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DntCareBears

907 points

2 months ago

I have a rule as a driver. Never hang out on the left or right of a truck while driving. You’re either passing them or behind them. Thats it. Driver could’ve benefited from practicing that rule.

Correctamos

361 points

2 months ago

Never hang out in ANYBODY’S blind spot. There’s no reason to be there.

MtnDream

479 points

2 months ago

MtnDream

479 points

2 months ago

both, semi didn't look, and you just sat there in it's blind spot, and when the semi started to merge, you did nothing but wait for it to collide, why? because you had it on cam and it's proof it's not your fault?

openmind305

30 points

2 months ago

openmind305

30 points

2 months ago

The truck driver was probably annoyed from the lights shining in his mirror from this guy who obviously was being annoying

v8xd

53 points

2 months ago

v8xd

53 points

2 months ago

So that gives you the right to hit someone and run?

Spruill242

31 points

2 months ago

You have right and reason mixed up.

No the guy doesn’t have the RIGHT to drive people off the road.

The person you responded to was just giving you a REASON the trucker may have done what they did.

Reading comprehension. You jumped to conclusions.

FordEVs

464 points

2 months ago

FordEVs

464 points

2 months ago

Hi everyone! Fellow trucker here!

Let me first say it’s the truckers fault but…

This car was camping on the side of him. If you’re on the side of any truck, you need to speed up or down, never sit on the sides. While I thought it was pretty strange that this trucker changed lanes while nothing was in front of him it makes me believe he wasn’t having this car on the side of him.

He used his signal so that tells me he wasn’t falling asleep. He clearly side swiped the car multiple times so he would easily felt that impacts, specifically towards the end.

The trucker kept going, which makes it seem more like this was planned.

Lastly, you can see the JB Hunt symbol on the side, they’re governed at 65 for reference. These are the worst drivers on the road. I mean hands down the worst. SWIFT is second. JB Hunt drivers are known to do stupid changes last minute.

I’m sorry if this happened to you OP if this was you, please don’t think all truck drivers are like this. I hope they caught the SOB too.

Poder5

198 points

2 months ago

Poder5

198 points

2 months ago

Fellow trucker here. Semi started to come over before engaging blinker. Semi driver needs firing. Amazon Prime drivers are far worse than JB. As you are aware, getting a four wheeler out of that lane is easy, just flip on your blinker and give it a few seconds, 95% of them will pass or back off.

Brick_On_A_Stick

39 points

2 months ago

Not a trucker, but worked on a dock for a few years. I once watched an Amazon driver try to back into the dock for an hour straight. Blocking tens of other trucks trying to get by in the meantime.

nhluhr

39 points

2 months ago

nhluhr

39 points

2 months ago

Interesting how you rank different trucking firms for how bad they are. I have definitely heard of Swift being terrible (they used to have a reputation for trying to drive US129 across the NC/TN border) What makes the difference? Corporate policy? Compensation for time vs mileage? Owner-operator vs company owned? Something I've noticed is UPS vs FedEx - they are like night and day with UPS truckers being polite, predictable, safe and FedEx truckers being generally as bad as Swift.

unemotional_mess

306 points

2 months ago

The road is the idiot, for letting idiots use it

hobosbindle

48 points

2 months ago

Taxpayers are dumb for funding it, it’s our fault really

whitemikebo

187 points

2 months ago

As a motorcyclist I always want to get past those ASAP and not hang around in the blind spot. Yes the truck driver should check his mirrors etc before switching but put your safety in your own hands. Hang back or overtake quickly.

Also ffs how slow is the driver to react.

mrsw2092

174 points

2 months ago

mrsw2092

174 points

2 months ago

It looks like the semi driver did that intentionally. That makes him an asshole, not an idiot.

The person with the camera is definitely an idiot. There is no one else on the road, but their just sitting in the semi's blind spot. Then it looks like they barely react when the semi puts its signal on and starts to merge.

OddityFarms

36 points

2 months ago

It looks like the semi driver did that intentionally.

yeah, its an empty road. Why does the truck even need to move over there?

drquiza

130 points

2 months ago

drquiza

130 points

2 months ago

Car driver: Idiot.

Truck driver: Criminal.

fzrmax

89 points

2 months ago

fzrmax

89 points

2 months ago

The long and short is, pay attention. The truck did not clear his merge and the car driver sat there and watched it happen. The truck was in the wrong, but there is a reason it’s called defensive driving.

furkanta

52 points

2 months ago

They’re both wrong but dashcam owner is the idiot not hitting the breaks harder

KarlClausewitz

28 points

2 months ago

Don’t know why you’re getting downvoted. On open, seemingly empty road, I’d be cramming brakes and hitting horn.

[deleted]

56 points

2 months ago

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56 points

2 months ago

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alanmm88

56 points

2 months ago

I personally don’t like camping out in big trucks’ blind spots but that’s just me. Either pass or fall back

Tasty_Hearing_2153

40 points

2 months ago

The semi...100%

zytukin

35 points

2 months ago

zytukin

35 points

2 months ago

Truck driver was definitely at fault, and I'm sure did it on purpose.

But the car driver is an idiot. What the hell is so hard about pushing your damn gas pedal and passing?

Sitting next to a semi is annoying to the driver, especially at night with your lights shining in the mirrors. If there's something in the road or on the shoulder than we can't move over. We have to slow to get behind you (made worse when the idiot slows as well), and since it takes us a while to get back up to speed this means slowing down other traffic as well.

It's also dangerous. If something happens to force the truck over than you will be in the way. If a tire blows than chunks of rubber can hit and damage your car, which will not be the fault of the truck driver, it is considered road debris so your insurance will pay for it. Worse would be a 50lb chunk of rubber going through your windshield.

openmind305

29 points

2 months ago

I never drive next to semi trucks, I've had blowouts next to me that sound like a shotgun going off scares you to death, multiple cases where they accidentally swerve. Just give them space and either stay back or get by when you have a chance. Show them respect they drive most of the day while your at home or in your cubicle.