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Old 08-23-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Vehicle intentionally trying to cause an accident

Has anybody had an other vehicle try to cause an accident while towing your trailer.
Last year on our fall trip, we were on I-55 headed north in AK, we noticed an old Chevrolet laying down some smoke and going slow.
I pulled into the passing lane going 65 mph to pass, as we got past the car and turning into the right lane, the car speedup. I pushed the truck up to 70 mph and the car was trying stay in the right lane. I had to push the truck to 75 to get over, noticed the windows were all tinted so you couldn't she the driver or anybody.
The car then speed by me and slowed down to 45 mph and this went on for several times. I started to call the HP , saw a rest area and pulled in and the car speed off. Never saw it again. Unnerving to say the least.
We wil be going that way this fall and I will keep an eye out for that car.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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While I've never had this happen with the Argosy in tow, I have had it happen!

Keep a cell phone with you, write down the tag number and call to report. Whether the driver is impaired, trying to deliberatly casue an accident or just has a sick sense of humor, they need to be reported.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:16 PM   #3
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Not had it happen...but definately heard of the scam!

I think they are trying to antagonize us "millionaire Airstream owners" in hopes of causing an accident or road rage incident so they can either rob or sue...

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:16 PM   #4
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Hell, I thought that it only happened in California.
We got those idiots that purposely cut you off trying to cause an accident.

You did the smart thing though. No reason to tempt faith.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #5
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Happens to me nearly every day. I work for a very large company and drive a Ford E250 Service Van with the company name on all four sides. Just about every day somebody cuts me off in traffic, quickly changes lanes, pulls out of a parking lot too late, etc, etc.

I thought I was just being paranoid until I started talking to my coworkers. They get the same treatment all over the Atlanta region, all the time. Seems if you're involved in any kind of accident, the predatory lawyers jump on you. I've learned to stay very alert always.


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Old 08-23-2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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I've been towing our Airstream on the Interstate, and almost every time some ID10T has been parked on the shoulder, and s-l-o-w-l-y eases out into the road before trying to accelerate up to highway speed. I have ceased nearly wiping out trying to avoid them. If they really want the sun to set on their empire that badly, I am pretty sure my 13,000+pound combintation will make short work of their 2200 pound Geo (or Honda, Nissan, or whatever tiny rubber-band-powered hamstercage they are driving). I don't look for these things, and I try to watch far enough ahead that I can change lanes if needed, but I am not going to crash, and have them tool slowly away, completely unaware they did anything wrong.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
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you guys should see the view from the cab of my truck when i am at work at the big bad power company.

i swear there are bull's eyes painted on it!

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:45 PM   #8
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:50 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by str8strm
rolling with red lights and siren on in a fire engine-----------I know -- they keep us in business!!
I just put fresh brakes on a fire engine Monday, one of the calipers locked up on it when they had to jam on the brakes to keep from hitting a car.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:03 PM   #10
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Janet's right about reporting these guys to the cops, even if you have to wait until you hit the next gas station to call it in. Recently in our area they pulled over a guy for reckless driving, and he tried to blame it on the other car having antagonized him, BUT the police had all these calls about him stacked up from other drivers he'd harrassed over the past few months. So even if they can't go out and arrest them because of your one call, it might help down the line.

Personally, when I get jerks like that I always figure they are high or drunk and try to get away from them, even if it means making an unplanned rest stop or exit. It makes it so much more relaxing to get underway again with them far off in the distance (hopefully overturned in a ditch somewhere)!

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Old 08-23-2007, 07:07 PM   #11
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in the nyc metro area, many drivers quickly react to letting emergency vehicles pass them. sadly, it is only so they can follow a fast moving, freshly cleared, path.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:14 PM   #12
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Besides the run of the mill idiots, there is a cottage industry of insurance fraud, usually involving two vehicles-one to cause the accident by panic-stopping or cutting in abruptly, and the other to "witness" the accident usually perpetrated by (put your favorite ethnic group here, even your own if you want to)).
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:28 PM   #13
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:30 PM   #14
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Guess I lead a charmed life. I have seen some pretty stupid driving but none that I can remember looked like they were trying to cause trouble.

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