I was taking an application over the phone and the driver had an accident to disclose. He described the accident that occurred in San Francisco, as follows:
"I was pulling out of the driveway and a 4-wheeler came out of nowhere and smashed into the side of me"
A 4-wheeler? A 4-wheeler in San Francisco? What the heck was a 4-wheeler doing in SF? Why and how was it on the street? I mean, here in MT that is not uncommon, but in SF? No way! And no fatality or injury? What a lucky son of a gun, to smash into the side of a truck on a 4-wheeler, I would imagine certain death, unless going super slow.
I was thinking for sure this driver would not be at fault since a 4-wheeler should not be on the streets, so I asked if the 4-wheeler was on the sidewalk, just to get some clarity. He confirmed, no, it was on the street.
I took the application in to our safety manager to see if it was an issue, I mean, how can this driver be at fault for a 4-wheeler being on the street when that is totally illegal?
You betcha, he laughed and smiled as he explained, we call tractor/trailers 18 wheelers, so they call cars 4 wheelers.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.