This animation involves
a pickup passing a tractor-trailer and impacting into another.
The vehicles collided on the westbound service road in the
far right lane. The roadway is a one-way, 3 lane road, and
is oriented east west. The speed limit is posted at 50 mph.
A truck driver stopped, to ask for directions, and left
his tractor-trailer unattended in the right traffic lane.
The hazard lights were left on, but no warning devices were
placed behind trailer. A Pickup was traveling westbound
on the service road. Ahead of him in the center lane was
a tractor-trailer. A white car passed him in the right lane
at a high rate of speed. The tractor-trailer he was trailing
abruptly braked. The driver of the pickup turned right to
go around the vehicle and headed into the right lane. When
the parked tractor-trailer came into view he was traveling
50 to 54 mph. He braked and skidded into the parked trailer.
Charges were filed
against the driver of the parked truck and the pichup. The
truck driver was charged with “Leaving Motor Vehicle
Unattended” and “No Insurance”. The pickup
driver was charged with “Failure to Control Speed”.
Under the heading
“Factors/Conditions Contributing” he lists the
pickup driver as “Speeding Over the Limit”.
Under the heading “Factors/Conditions May or May Not
Have Contributed” nothing was listed.
It is important to
be careful passing any vehicle. This is especially true
with trucks. They are harder to see around and you always
loose in a collision.