posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 12:30 AM
YEP!!! My children and I felt like we cheated death yesterday!! We we're on our way home from vacation when it happened. I'm not going to go over
the details yet because I'm going to paste the email I sent to the trucking company in a second. What I have been thinking about is the strange way
the state trooper handled this. I will expand on that after the letter:
To whom it concerns:
I am writing you today because, yesterday 6/25/11 at about 11:30 a.m., my 3 children and I were in an accident with one of your trucks. We were
traveling west on 84. I was in the left lane, nose to nose with the truck that had just moved into the center lane beside me, and he kept coming into
my lane. It all happened so fast I didn’t even have time to blow my horn. When I realized my left tires were past the side rumbles strips, and I was
about to be pushed over the edge, I had to quickly get in front of the truck. ( I assume he saw me, because when I looked in my rear view, he was back
in the center lane, and thankfully must have moved right as our vehicles made contact). In the process, the trucks left front bumper(I’m assuming),
scraped along side of my entire back quarter panel, from the door to the bumper.
I got in front of the truck, and I stuck my arm out the window and signaled for the driver, pointing right. Once I got into the far right lane, I
dropped back, expecting him to move to the right lane so we could pull over. He didn’t, he just keep on going. At that point, I moved to the center
lane behind him, and had my son write down his plate number. I decided to give him another opportunity to pull over. I moved AGAIN into the far left
lane, and got beside him. I beeped and had my son waving his arms at him to get his attention. That’s when my 15 year old son said “He’s not
looking over, he’s on the phone.”, I was furious now. I passed the truck, and he fell behind. About 3-5 minutes later I saw a state trooper
ticketing someone on the side of the road, and pulled over behind him. Again, I expected the trucker to see us, and do the same, but, he didn’t. I
sat in my car and waited for the police officer to finish with the other car.
While I was pulling over behind the trooper, another car had pulled over in front of the trooper. After a few minutes the cop, and another man
approached my car. The other man was a good Samaritan who had been behind us and saw the whole thing. He spoke to the cop first and had already told
him he witnessed us being ran off the road, and struck by the truck. After I got out of the car and was checking the damage with the cop and the
“man”, I was trying to talk to the witness and the cop kept interrupting me, asking me if I wanted him to stop the truck, and of course I did, and
he told the man to go back to his vehicle, and we were on our way. I never thought to get this mans information, and I really wish I would have. I
think I didn’t because of being so totally upset from what literally felt like a near death experience, combined with a naive trust in other people
to be as truthful as myself.
A few miles down the interstate, I pulled over again behind the police car who had pulled over the trucker. When he finally came to my window he
asked me if I wanted to file a report. I told him, I just wanted to exchange insurance information, and didn’t want to get the guy in trouble. He
explained that he meant an “accident report”, which is usually for accidents with major damage, and that I didn’t really need one. He followed
that by telling me that the truck driver told him that I was in the left lane, that was ending, and was trying to pass him, and consequently ran out
of road. After reflecting on the events, and doing extensive research of that road and its signs and lanes via Google map’s street view, I have
realized that that your trucker was blatantly and out and out lying. In hindsight, I really wish I had made that report. Unfortunately my baby that
was just almost killed was sick with a fever, and had been crying for a good five minutes at that point, and I just wanted to get her moving again.
That’s when the cop asked if I would wait ANOTHER minute so the trucker could take a picture of my “minimal” damage. He took his pictures. He
never looked at me. He never looked at my 3 children. He never apologized, or asked us if we were OK. What kind of person does that? I later figured
out what kind of person, a lying, rude, thoughtless person, that is only concerned about their own interests.
I found it strange that your driver also took a photograph of the preexisting damage to my passenger door. Why did he do this? I believe he felt like
because my car was already damaged, the damage he caused wasn’t worth fixing. That’s just awful and rather sickening, just like this whole
situation. Over the last 6 months I have put $2,500 in repairing my family’s vehicle. I am presently saving up the cash to get a new door, now that
I have completely restored all of the inner parts of the car.
I really hope that this truck drivers despicable behavior isn’t representative of your company. Yes, the purpose of this letter is a request for
compensation for the damage your NEGLIGENT, LYING, CELL PHONE CHATTING, truck driver caused. I don’t care if the damage is “minimal” and neither
should you. I consider my whole family lucky to be alive, and you should be concerned about the next family driving next to your phone chatting mac
truck driver. I don’t care that my car already has damage, and neither should you. I want, and see no reason why I shouldn’t want, the damage
repaired by you, or your insurance company. I would appreciate if you would please get back to me as soon as possible concerning this matter. If you
need better pictures of the damage, I will be glad to send them to you, thank you.
Ok so what I have been thinking about all day is the strange way this N.Y. state trooper handled this. First of all, It was like he didn’t want me
to talk to the witness. He interrupted me twice yelling "Ma'am do you want me to pull him over?" Well YES, duh!! Why in the heck would I of
stopped to tell him? He was just told by myself and a witness that I was hit and ran on! Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn’t that his duty? I
would think he would of wanted to go catch this guy with or without my say so. Then, he ordered the guy to go back to his car!!!
The cop said I had "minimal damage" 3 different times. It was like he just expected me to let it go. I have a 99 ford taurus, in great shape
except for a long wide scratch down the passenger door. The damage to the car caused by the trucker does look minimal next to it. There is a group
of scratches about the size of a greeting card on the back panel right next to the door. The door handle is all scratched up. The top of the wheel
well is all dented and scratched, and there is another greeting card set of scratches right before the bumper. And a few more small scratches on the
side of the bumper.
Another thing that doesn’t sit right with me is the way they seemed all buddy buddy. He basically convinced me not to file the accident report. He
basically told me that he believed what the trucker said about the lane ending, and it being my fault...I KNOW IT WASN'T, I wasn't completely sure
as I sat there (shaken, with crying sick baby) talking to the cop, but after going over and over the course of events with my son, and all of the lane
changing that took place afterwards, we know his claim is all BS. THEN after the trucker took the pics, they we're all shaking hands and smiling at
each other!!! It was like they were old friends, and I was just a pain in the butt!
Do the state troopers have some kind of special relationship with truckers?
Do the Trucking companies donate large sums of money to the state police?
Do you have any advice for me?