The Egg wrote:
Legal liability, probably nothing, but a total professional failure.
Anyhow, probably not the worst thing to have maintained your lane and rate, so that others more nimble can better predict your position.
Sorry for the late response but i've been mulling over a way to explain why it was a failure.
Talk to a 30 year trucking veteran with no accidents, and ask them about near misses. They'll have many many tales of people doing crazy things they narrowly avoided and complain about people being stupid in general. A mostly underwhelming discussion, because it's mostly uneventful.
If you ask a 30 year veteran with several accidents, he'll tell you about the impossible to avoid situations he was put in and that sometimes you just can't help getting in accidents. The phrase, "there's nothing i could do" pops up almost every time i have one of these. I've heard them go so far as saying things like, "you aren't a trucker until your first accident".
The thing about driving for 30 years, 100k miles or more a year, is that statistically you should have had
several accidents. If you go by some of the publicly available information about injuries per 100 million miles, the average would be 2.something injury causing accidents in 3 million miles of driving. That's not even counting non injury ones because the data on those is sparse.
My point is that being a skilled professional driver means you should operate at a level above personal drivers and with an extended personal responsibility. The laws give me most of the same legal protections as personal vehicle drivers, but my responsibility is to protect the vehicle from the normal occurance of people driving stupidly. So far i've avoided 2 accident that i considered a high probability of fatality, and the previously linked video doesn't even fall in my category for that.
The first one was an old lady turning onto a road without stopping. The timelines of actions are difficult to explain and this was during a dashcam down time, but im entering an intersection at 55 mph as she's on the right 90 degree approach to the intersection and approaches her turn with red light. It probably should have been unavoidable except as she approached i looked into the car, noticed that she was old, wasn't looking at me, and the car didn't appear to be slowing. I started moving over a lane before
she came out into the intersection. I posted about this before but i barely had time for my eyes to finish focusing on my left mirror to check for a clear lane before i swung the wheel, that's how close it was. Still, all of the information necessary to assess the risk was readily available, and i reacted to it, and so it was uneventful to everyone but me.
You might say it's unnecessary or difficult to gather that much information on the road all the time and run that much risk assessment but that's exactly the level long term accident free professionals are at. Nonetheless, i was a deer in headlights in the wrong direction lady video's situation which is totally unacceptable.
Driving a vehicle is, by far, the most dangerous situation people deal with on a daily basis. Don't let the fact that it's easy fool you into thinking you should approach it lightly. If you do you'll have to hope i'm not glancing at my gps when you make your mistake.