Originally Posted by Ronnie
Looks like he had plenty of straps on it. Wonder what happened that he was in a position to rear end another truck?
Straps mean nothing with this type of load. That load should never have been put on a flatbed without an integral forward bulkhead -- period. Or at least a headache rack on the back of the sleeper cab to protect the driver.
BSF and I can both tell you they were likely not paying attention or following too closely. We're trained to look 15 seconds down the road and allow 600-800 feet following distance. This guy is probably out of a good truck and likely going to have a hard time finding a job. I can't think of a safety director in the world that wouldn't call this one preventable. Guy's lucky to be alive.
This is exactly why I tell fellow skoolie owners to be mindful of their surroundings and following distance when driving their rigs... They don't stop near as quick as you would need them to sometimes. I recommend 58 mph cruising speed in 60-65 zone, and 63 in 65-70 zones. So what if it pisses everybody else off, that's what the passing lane is for. You'll find that you use the brakes about 500% less, keeping them cool for when you REALLY need them.