I saw a truck that flipped outside of Memphis the other night, and it got me wondering about a few things.
First, how does that even happen? I’d love to know the specifics of how fast a truck like that has to be going and what kind of load it has to have in order for the thing to just flip like that, to completely lose control. It seems to me it can’t be easy. I know they’re big and cumbersome machines, but they are so heavy, it must take a lot of speed and a pretty sharp corner.
It was on an exit ramp, so I guess that makes sense. Dude must have been running pretty late.
Second, who pays for that? Who pays if a truck flips? I assume the trucker doesn’t. Do truckers own their trucks? I don’t think they usually do. I think the trucks belong to the trucking companies, and I assume they have insurance, so does the insurance cover the flipped truck, or does the insurance only cover accidents that the driver isn’t responsible for?
The more I started thinking about all this, the more curious I became. I’m still curious, mostly because I’m lazy. I’m just not willing to actually look up the facts, I guess, so I’m hoping someone around here will just post and explain it all.
Another question. I know that truckers can get sued by truck lawyers, or whatever you might call them. Like the guys I linked to just there. But, who pays when the trucker is sued? The driver? Surely not. They wouldn’t have the money. The company? Maybe. The insurance? But then we’re right back at the same problem. What does the insurance cover? Insurance is amazing like that to me. It’s both very fascinating and incredibly boring. Far too boring for me to even google. I’m telling you, I hope there’s an expert out there willing to write and explain it all. Otherwise, I’ll die curious in fifty years.
I suppose it all comes down to the natural fascination with trucks. You drive by them every day and don’t think about them at all, but once you do start thinking, it’s like you’re a kid again, playing with those Hot Wheels trucks and crashing them into things, dreaming about driving a big rig.
It’s one of those jobs, as well, that you see everywhere and yet don’t really know what it’s about. Like working in a factory. If you see it on TV, it’s always a stereotype of a blue collar guy that’s on the screen for five minutes and then gone. What is the life of a factory worker or a trucker really like?
I honestly don’t know. That’s something I would like to find out about.
But again, I’m too lazy, so I hope someone else will do the work for me.