Who’s At Fault Here: Slow Moving Car Or The Truck?

One does not need a degree in Physics to realize that a semi truck needs a significantly longer distance than a passenger car to come to a halt.

As a rule of thumb, don’t brake hard when you see a truck in your rear-view mirror because chances are, this won’t end well for you. At the same time, truck drivers should always look ahead on the road and be prepared to start slowing down and braking in advance.

Now, the person driving the dark Ford Fusion in the following dashcam video didn’t seem to be aware of the fact that there was a semi truck behind them — either that or they simply thought the heavy hauler would have enough time and space to brake.

Whatever the reasoning behind their behavior, it was a flawed one. The driver of the truck with the dashcam was taken by surprise by the sudden deceleration of the Ford sedan and crashed into it.

The Fusion driver wanted to exit the highway but was undecided whether to get in the back of the line or speculate a gap to cut in front of other cars waiting in line. In the end, the truck gave them no choice and forcefully sent the sedan into the back of another truck.

One could also argue that the person behind the wheel of the truck wasn’t driving defensively (the hesitating behavior of the Fusion should have rung some alarm bells) and could have got on the brakes a lot earlier.

The dashcam video was originally posted by the truck driver on his channel called “Angry Trucker” but for some reason he later removed it. According to the camera’s date displayed on the screen, it’s from December 12, 2016. Someone reposted it recently so you can watch it and give your verdict.

Be advised that the video contains NSFW language.

 

  • Christian

    the white driver!

    • Earl Scheib

      You beat me to it! Scientifically speaking, 99% of the time it’s the honkey’s fault!!

      • Christian

        SAID thing is that the black lady gonna get blamed because of her color… Thanks R(T)ump

        • Earl Scheib

          Oh, I thanked Oblamma.

          • Christian

            ohhh, another white facist…

          • Earl Scheib

            Most refer to me as a white skinned black. So…

          • Christian

            …So you¨re a racist white guy who got black skin,.. Who did you vote for?

    • Darnell Robeson

      They’re both American people. Why does color matter? Stop being racist

      • Christian

        white people thinks that blacks still are slave…! I demand some action!

  • cooper

    Trucker needs to jailed.

  • Earl Scheib

    Clearly the truck… but I hate it when other drivers do that.

  • karmat

    Truck driver is at fault, but the car drive is the ultimate moron for not moving over into the open spot quicker.

  • Jason Miller

    Well at least there’s a tow truck right there.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Hahahaha 🙂

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Both…

  • willhaven

    I blame the Fusion for creating the situation for the accident. The truck driver slowed down, but didn’t have have enough awareness to honk or brake sooner.

    • Jay

      Because honking moves cars instantly! Gotta love those horns.

      • willhaven

        Preventative measures!

  • (⌐■_■)

    i think the truck driver is on the phone? the car didn’t brake check him or smash on the brake… the truck had plenty of time and warning sign that the car is slowing down and prob trying to merge to the right…

    earlier turning signal might have avoid all this, but so does safer following distance.

  • Brent Morrison

    Of course it’s the truck

  • robotlogic

    Oh how many times have I fantasized about doing that to some A_Hole for slamming on their brakes in the middle of traffic!

    • Wolverine350R

      Especially the ones that are cutting in a line like that.

  • TrevP

    Yea, the truck should have slowed down. People were stopped and he was flying by them

    • Mr. EP9

      Of course he was because he was in a different lane like the rest of traffic.

      • ace_9

        So we just crash into everyone who was not able to fit into the exit lane, right?

        • Mr. EP9

          No. But if you watch the video you can clearly see there was room for the fusion to fit.

      • TrevP

        Either way, he should have at least slowed down. The Fusion should have got over faster or planned better to make the exit

        • Mr. EP9

          Yeah, you’re right. The trucker should have definitely reacted sooner and hit the brakes.

  • salamOOn

    next time do not skip the queue…. there was plenty of space behing the silver fiesta….

    • ace_9

      And there was also a full line genius… Now we all know that you’re one of those who completely ignores these. Nice.

  • D3X

    I see a lot of people blaming the truck driver, however, I think it’s the Fusion’s fault entirely. This is a freeway, and unless you’re in the exit lane, it’s expected that you should be driving forward. The problem is that there was traffic and that the Fusion did not merge correctly into the exiting lane (that was backed up) and tried to squeeze in between a tractor and a larger tow truck last second, but way too slow. Both larger vehicles that need larger stopping distances, which is why there was a gap to begin with. Talk about larger stopping distances, the truck driver did slow down, but it wasn’t til the Fusion driver attempting to merge last second and signalling last second, was when he slammed on the brakes(but too late).

    It really depends on the truck driver’s load to be honest, it appears he’s driving a full 18 wheeler Tractor with a trailer, and assumed payload of 40,000 lbs. Good luck getting any decent stopping to a complete full-stop in less than 30ft.

    • Axel Cortez

      it is the truckers fault you have to keep a minimum distance from the vehicle in front of you, he saw the car slowing down from a distance and didn’t slow down, you can see from the video the red lights at a very reasonable distance, he should have slow down to mitigate any possible hazard

      • NissLover

        Exactly. You can hear that he was decelerating but didn’t get hard on the brakes until the last second after the Fusion had obviously slowed at an increased rate. To me it seems like he wanted to tailgate them just to intimidate them from behind for pulling such a late merge but didn’t anticipate them coming almost to a complete stop. His fault. Also, we should take into consideration that the Fusion could have mistook the cars backed up from the exit as cars stopped on the shoulder for an emergency or something.

      • willhaven

        He did slow down. You can hear it and see it.

        • Axel Cortez

          ok he didn’t slow down at the required rate if you are seeing from afar a vehicle that is almost stopped…

  • Mr. EP9

    What a load of crap. A person in front of me certainly does not have the right to stop or slow down whenever he or she feels like it. That goes especially true on the highway. If you need to stop, pull over to the side of the road, don’t hold up traffic behind you. If it’s a medical emergency, I can understand but any other situation they’re the ones who’s going to be at fault.

    • ace_9

      This was an emergency, because the driver was probably afraid of moving harshly into the full exit lane.
      And this was clearly not a brake checking.
      And Louis is right, the truck drivers are not using the brakes (also the brain) when they should.

      • diesel_vdub

        Nothing about this situation says “emergency”, everything about it says “idiot driver not paying attention”. I’m not sure where you are from, but in the US both drivers will be found at fault. The video is proof of that.

        • ace_9

          The exit lane was so long that it was not possible to join it from the start without going through full lane. The fusion driver probably did not assume that the fiesta stopped there is already a part of the exit lane, so he continued but immediatelly realised that there is no chance to exit without quickly jumping in front of some car in the exit lane. That is not a normal situation and it is kind of emergency. Not life threatening emergency, but still an emergency. I agree, that the fusion driver should merge into the exit lane faster, but the truck driver was completely ignoring him. It was obvious from very far that there is some obstacle (fusion) in the trucks way and the driver simply continued and rammed him.

          • Knotmyrealname

            Don’t you think it would have been a little polite/courteous/thoughtful/REQUIRED to indicate first?

          • ace_9

            The car was indicating. A little bit late, but even if he didn’t that’s not an excuse for crashing into him. It would be different story if the car would be crashed by moving too close in front of someone who is already in the exit lane. But it was clear from far that the car is quickly qlowing down in the left lane and does not seem to be getting out, so the truck driver should take it as an obstacle on the road. But he was not paying attention or more probably was expecting that the car will get out of his way in last second, because that’s what they usually do. I was also almost crashed from behind like this, just because I didn’t accelerate like on a drag strip, becaseu the trucker behind me was getting to red lights and he didn’t need to stop at all when it turned to green, but I was already stopped, so I needed somme time to accelerate.

          • Knotmyrealname

            No, sorry. By the very name of the device, it’s supposed to indicate what you are intending to do. This driver, in a desperate acknowledgement of their poor driving put on their indicator way too late. Then, to top it off, hesitated and wallowed in their own indecision before being woken up by the semi.

            The indicator is supposed to be activated way, way before you start to brake. It’s common courtesy, something this driver also probably doesn’t understand.

            But again, I don’t condone what the semi driver did, and he will have to pay out on this one, but the Fusion driver got a wake-up call.

          • diesel_vdub

            No, it is not an emergency… nothing about “I need to take this exit but didn’t get in line” is an emergency. It’s simply a bad decision. Missing your exit is NOT an emergency, it’s simply bad planning on the part of the drive. Continue forward and take the next exit.

          • ace_9

            So, you would go through full lane hundreths of meters before the exit just because you just saw cars in the exit lane? It was not even exit lane already. It was just a side lane. I would assume that there was some collision and that is why they are standing behind the full line before the exit.

          • diesel_vdub

            Okay… now it’s clear, you’re simply a troll.

          • ace_9

            No, I’m just describing what I would do on an unknown road. I would expect an exit lane with dashed line and I would probably not go through full line because I would not be sure if the cars in side lane are there because of accident or if they are there simply because the exit lane is so long. But then I would be more quick to merge into the exit lane as soon as I would find some space later.

          • Knotmyrealname

            Don’t rise to the bait..

          • Knotmyrealname

            Agreed.

  • NissLover

    I say it’s the truckers fault. Yea the Fusion hesitated, and unintelligently came almost to a complete stop for no reason…. but it was obvious they were trying to merge right and was slowing down. The trucker assumed that they were going to merge sooner and chose not to brake and had to slam on brakes once the Fusion almost came to a stop. Again, the Fusion made a stupid move, but he made an assumption and a bad judgement call. Hope everyone in that car was okay.

  • Ilbirs

    The lack of a deffensive driving pattern is evident in both drivers. The trucker didn’t pay attention to the blind spot created by the curve to the right, but lacking attention to this kind of blind spot of the scenario ahead of you is something that affects the majority of the drivers, that are aware of the blind spots of their cars but not the blind spots of the road itself. The thing worsens to the trucker if you remember that a semi’s driving position allows you to see way ahead than what is possible when driving lower vehicles, something that includes not only a passenger car but also SUVs, pick-up trucks and LCVs. You must presume that after a curve with a blind spot there’s something very dangerous hidden for both your safety and the other’s.
    On the Fusion’s driver side, it’s evident that you’re seeing one of those people showing erratic patterns at the wheel that expose people to accidents. See how sudden and miscalculated was the lane change and compare this to what did the silver Fiesta’s driver behind another semi on the rightmost lane. It must also be put on account how sudden the blinker was turned on, other thing that difficults the life of the driver behind. In a highway with that number of lanes you must also presume that the two most external ones will be used by trucks not only to travel but also overtake other trucks, being even more dangerous if it’s a semi overtaking another semi. If you are on command of a passenger car, be aware that the average vehicle behind you in those lanes brakes a lot slower and less efficiently than yours.

    As can be seen, a little bit of logic applied to everyday life can prevent a lot of problems. It isn’t that difficult to learn the cause-consequence correlation.

  • Wolverine350R

    You can tell the trucker saw it coming and I think he was a bit slow to honk/brake, but that car also had plenty of time to get out of the lane (which I think is why the trucker didn’t react sooner). I would call this about a 50/50 fault.

  • Mr. EP9

    Just noticed this happened back in 2016. Pretty sure both drivers are still on the road.

  • Research Janitor

    The driver of the car.

  • дапвт

    Car driver. He stopped in an empty highway lane, that’s obstruction of traffic and impeding normal traffic flow. You cannot stop like that, even to merge.

  • S3XY

    That Fusion took way too long to get over. And the truck driver should have slowed down a little more. But ultimately I’d blame the Fusion for being a tard

  • Darnell Robeson

    The Fusion driver was at fault. U dont stop on a highway. Its extremely dangerous. The driver should have been completely aware of what was behind her. She obviously wasnt being smart. So she got what she had coming. Never STOP on a highway. Tractor trailers cannot stop as quickly as cars. Seems like women drivers just dont know this fact.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The car, 1000000%.

    Truck couldn’t get over since there was another truck in the left lane, and you can’t stop 50,000+ pounds on a dime.

  • lagunas3ca

    Anyone who believes this is anybody’s fault but the truck driver needs to go back to Driver’s Ed.

  • atomicbri

    The Fusion Driver is totally at fault. I know exactly where in Atlanta this happened (on 285) and there are wrecks at this exit ALL THE TIME because exactly what that Fusion driver did. You can see the Fusion was going to get behind the car at the end of the line where he stopped and decided he was going to go further up. You can hear the truck slowing down, then the Fusion thought they were gonna be cute and cut the line, well when a semi hauling 50,000lbs of cargo has to stop, you don’t come to a stop like that car did on the highway. It’s 65mph through that area. Totally the Fusion’s fault.

  • ChrisInIL

    The truck driver was at fault. He was driving too fast for conditions (slowed or stopped traffic in an adjoining lane), he ignored the slower moving traffic in front of him. That traffic signaled at the beginning of the exit lane, and started to move into that lane around traffic stopped on the shoulder.

    And no, it doesn’t matter that the stopped traffic was “waiting in line” to exit. They were stopped on the shoulder. End of story. The Ford driver did the right thing, without expecting the abolute moron driving dangerously in the truck.

    • Kagan

      Just in the theory!

  • ace_9

    just keep ignoring the lines whenever you assume it’s better…

    • salamOOn

      dont worry about that.
      you can endanger your family if you want but i would better be safer in right shoulder than crushed from behind by freight truck.
      so yeah, i would happily ignore that right line when in danger, because YOU ARE SUPPOSED! to use that shoulder when in danger. its there for that reason so you won’t stop in flowing traffic. use your brain.

      • ace_9

        Yes, be safe and go to the exit lane as soon as you see some car in it. Regardless of how far it is from the actual exit. Why not always drive in the shoulder lane to be out of danger?

        • salamOOn

          well, you really dont want to understand. i dont have that much time for you.

  • Harlan McCartney

    Same here in the US. The trucker should have slowed down, you could see the tail lights well before he reached the traffic jam. Also the THREE lanes to his left could have been used. Many cities in the US, require the right lane to be used by local trucks, the center two though trucks, no trucks in the left lane.

  • Harlan McCartney

    Actually they signaled after stopping, but the trucker is at fault…

  • Harlan McCartney

    I wish I could find the stand up about merging in traffic in Atlanta. “People take it literally, they want to merge two cars into one lane…”

  • Knotmyrealname

    The truck driver should’ve stopped, and will no doubt cop the insurance bill, but moronic DB AW’s like the Fusion driver really wind me up. They’ve clearly left it too late to merge, and then cause all sorts of mayhem around them. I hope that was a wake up call for them.
    If freeway driving is too much for you, take a back road.

  • dufonrafal .

    It’s the truck driver, he had plenty of time to stop and should have been expecting it. This sort of things appened all the time, he will crash a lot if he keep driving like that.

  • ChrisInIL

    There are cars stopped in front of trucks on the shoulder and in the exit lane, so…never? Not so much.

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