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Old 05-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #15
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Just did a Google search and sent the trucking company an e-mail, they do a lot of work for the Navy, as I figured. It'll be interesting to hear their reply.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #16
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There are times I wish I had a 60k TARE-weight oilfield winch truck. 3406 CAT turned up by Mr Haney to over 2,000 LBS/FT, RTO 18-speed Eaton and 3.7 gears . . . I'm just gonna drive right down the middle of that guys 53' van till I reach him in the tractor.



Sure glad to hear the old man reactions are well-oiled!!

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Old 05-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #17
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Sure glad to hear the old man reactions are well-oiled!!
We were talking about that a few minutes ago, if the 18-wheeler had tried to take the 25 mph turn-off at 60, rather than punching it to get around me, she'd be dead. Judy saw her up close and personal when she was about to cream-into us on the passenger side. According to Judy, the driver was looking at some sort of hand-held device. My mirror is minor. So goes the road.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #18
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Good driving Mike, and glad you are both ok.
A less "Experienced" driver would have probably come off a lot worse.
My father(a Traffic Cop) always preached defensive driving, and even as a young man I managed to stay alive!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:27 AM   #19
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They say that most accidents happen 20 miles from home-base, that's where we were!
1600 miles without a tickle, and then, wham. I got a e-mail from the trucking company, Gene was right, they'll prolly cut me a check, as I don't think they want the State Patrol and the Navy involved.
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Glad you two are okay and only the mirror was damaged. Wasn't it last year or 2 years ago the buzzard got you? That was worse damage wasn't it ?
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:31 AM   #21
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Glad you two are okay and only the mirror was damaged. Wasn't it last year or 2 years ago the buzzard got you? That was worse damage wasn't it ?
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:37 AM   #22
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If you want satisfaction or restitution then at least file a police report for the record. If the trucking company does not respond, you can then file in small claims court. They probably won't show and then you have a judgement against them. I was run off the road into a curb and bent a rim. I did the same and it was the only way to get the trucking company's attention. And a check,
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Happy to hear that everyone is OK. Yesterday must have been the day for near misses. Had a minor on of my own yesterday when a gentleman forgot to stop at one of those pesky red traffic lights. But, I digress.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #24
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It used to be that truckers were the safest people on the road - there have been way too many incidents like this one in the news lately. Good thing you saw what was happening - it could have been much worse! Glad you are all ok!
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Be sure while you still know it to make a note of the date and as close as possible to the exact time, since the license plate you have is for the trailer. The driver could wiggle out if it comes down to legal action if you can't pin down the time and through the company which driver was responsible for that trailer at the time. The company would still be liable for damages, though.

It sounds from your comment about the company's reply like they're going to cooperate, but read every word they send you before you sign anything.
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Be sure while you still know it to make a note of the date and as close as possible to the exact time, since the license plate you have is for the trailer. The driver could wiggle out if it comes down to legal action if you can't pin down the time and through the company which driver was responsible for that trailer at the time. The company would still be liable for damages, though.

It sounds from your comment about the company's reply like they're going to cooperate, but read every word they send you before you sign anything.
So far, so good. Yes, we logged the exact time, date and place. I wish we had a pic of the driver throwing her hands up when I tried to get her to pull over, 'cause when that happens, you have no clue as to damage, especially to one of our dears.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:16 PM   #28
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Get the check first and then, if you want retribution, report it to the cops. If you report it first, they may refuse to write a check and decide if you want a fight, they do too. If they want you to sign something, don't sign anything that says you won't report it (that wouldn't be legal anyway; no one can prevent you from reporting a violation or a misdemeanor).

Reporting to your insurance company is more interesting. If it counts as a claim (insurance companies handle these things differently), that could raise your rates. If your deductible is high, it may not be covered anyway. You can be certain in any case it will not be enough for the insurer to go after the trucker's insurance.

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