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Bad day yesterday

As some of you know, I own and drive a Peterbilt pulling an end dump gravel trailer. Yesterday morning a 16 year old girl with 2 passengers pulled out of a gas station driveway directly across my path in rain and I was unable to stop or avoid them. Luckily I was empty and only going about 35mph, but a Ford Escort against 30,000lbs wasn't good. The impact was a t-bone into the drivers side from the front door all the way to the back bumper. The driver's 13 year old sister was in the rear seat directly behind her and took the worst of it. They were all taken to a hospital and the 13 year old was said to have serious head trauma. I haven't been able to get any confirmed information on her condition, but I called the hospital last night and was told they had all been discharged.... I don't know if that is good or if she was transferred to a different hospital for better treatment. I will call again today and try to get better info. I am just torn by what this family must be going thru with 2 of their children having been injured. All thoughts and prayers for their complete recovery are welcomed.

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I am really sorry for what happened. Driving is a serious single task privilege and can not be taken too seriously. I appreciate the responsibility you feel for the family, certainly it is a sad situation. Be sure to take care of yourself. Understand your feelings and if you are an independent, check out some counseling, if you work for a trucking industry, talk to your immediate supervisor. Please do not take this lightly, it has many implications for you and your emotional wellness. Some of the emotions you indicated in your thread are normal, but must be managed. Talk to someone please!!!!
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I am really sorry for what happened. Driving is a serious single task privilege and can not be taken too seriously. I appreciate the responsibility you feel for the family, certainly it is a sad situation. Be sure to take care of yourself. Understand your feelings and if you are an independent, check out some counseling, if you work for a trucking industry, talk to your immediate supervisor. Please do not take this lightly, it has many implications for you and your emotional wellness. Some of the emotions you indicated in your thread are normal, but must be managed. Talk to someone please!!!!
I appreciate your concern for my mental state and, Yes, I am struggling with this. I wasn't able to get any further info about their conditions due to confidentiality concerns, so I am up in the air as to how to deal with this. Good news would certainly lighten the stress. I had to remove the damaged parts of my truck this morning to get it roadworthy again and the stress of dealing with this directly isn't helping. I'm on my way to the dealers now to get the necessary parts so I can get back to work, if I can handle driving it again. It really sucks to be part of a situation this serious and that I did nothing to create. I don't feel angry at the driver, because I know she and her family are dealing with much bigger issues than I but DANG I sure didn't need to be a part of this.
Thanks for listening......

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Mitch, as a professional, you are on the road much more often and are exposed to many more hazards than the general public. Know that you did all you could, and all that was humanly possible to avoid the accident. That's all anyone can hope for. As a professional driver myself, I have had a lot of close calls, but so far have been lucky. (knock wood) It can happen to anyone, at any time, and the more your on the road, the more likely it is to happen. It's just the odds. You're being part of the solution here, not part of the problem. Life will go on, even if it's tough right now...but you know that. Our hopes and prayere to all of you involved.
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Mitch, as a professional, you are on the road much more often and are exposed to many more hazards than the general public. Know that you did all you could, and all that was humanly possible to avoid the accident. That's all anyone can hope for. As a professional driver myself, I have had a lot of close calls, but so far have been lucky. (knock wood) It can happen to anyone, at any time, and the more your on the road, the more likely it is to happen. It's just the odds. You're being part of the solution here, not part of the problem. Life will go on, even if it's tough right now...but you know that. Our hopes and prayere to all of you involved.
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Thanks Jeff. This is the first collision I've had in 1.6 million miles of driving a semi (700k on this truck alone) and it has been challenging to say the least. I've been able to avoid numerous close calls over the years but I guess luck just wasn't on my side this time.
Again, thanks for the encouragement and kind words. I'm heading out to the shop to assemble the Pete and think about getting back to work tomorrow.

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sorry to hear about this.my family will keep the injured and you in our prayers.
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In my prayers also.
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I saw that on the news yesterday, thats no good. my prayers are with you and the family
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Mitch, I used to drive a tractor/trailer. In my present career, I unfortunately see a lot of bad accidents. If the other driver made an error, and you did your best to avoid the accident, there is nothing more you could have done. You are obviously upset by the situation. Imagine what could have hapened if you were not a professional driver.......Glad to here the other people involved are recovering. Eric



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Mitch,

Thinking of you friend, don't be too tough on yourself.

Teenagers being involved makes it really hard, especially for parents......I will pray for them.

I know your heart is hurting; however, be careful how you deal with the other party, take your insurance company's advice.

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