People who are too dumb to drive on a flat to a safe place to pull off or at least get off to the side of the road as possible then set waring triangles out at 25 50 and 75 feet behind their vehicles, are flirting with death.
NortonDommi (Sep 21, 2021)
I can sympathize with the recovery professionals though having to deal with traffic on the side of a motorway.
And I have had my share of late night vehicle breakdowns, daytime too for that matter. Choke points as you mentioned always seem to be breakdown magnets for some reason. All the more reason why I carry 2 sets of commercial vehicle warning triangles Not that they will prevent the errant dumb duck from plowing into you but they will help to warn the mildly observant left seater, right seater for my friends in some countries
Target fixation is real. One night we were called to assist SAPD in an accident involving A military person and a civilian on Interstate loop 410 our unit was parked well to the side of the highway but SAPD was parked so as to protect the officer and us from traffic Her cruiser was struck by a tour bus what a mess that night turned out to be. A non injury fender bender turned into a 5 ambulance Highway blocking 2 hour long debacle. No fatalities but several injuries serious enough for transport
In today's world with the super bright flashing emergency lights it is even worse since I believe the lights blind people and are more dangerous than just having the old revolving bubble lights
Last edited by Frank S; Sep 22, 2021 at 07:44 AM.
I have had this exact thought. Coming up on an emergency or service vehicle on the side of the road on a dark night, your dark-acclimated eyes are assaulted by a bunch of blinding strobes. It often makes any person out on the road very difficult to see, particularly a police officer in a dark blue uniform. In some cases it's near disorienting.
A few flashing or rotating lights is one thing, a car covered with many flashing strobes is something else entirely. I'm not sure it makes sense.
I know an attorney who stopped to help at a car wreck, and got clipped by a drunk driver. He lost a leg in the bargain.
I broke my back in a wreck when a meth-addled repo man driving a medium weight wrecker plowed into me, sitting still in bumper to pumper traffic.
I spent some of my youth riding ambulances, and my cumulative experience tells me that some people are selfish assholes, others are incompetent ****wits, and that the Venn diagram of the two groups overlaps considerably.
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