If you travel long enough you will eventually be involved in an accident.
We traveled around the U.S. twice trouble free and within 100 miles of the house were involed in quite a scary experience.
While in route to a rally in Ga. 3 of us were entering on I-75 from Lake City. It had been raining but when we hit the ramp it really started pouring. I slowed to 50 and was in the middle of the group. All of a sudden we heard a loud crash and the rigs started to weave back and forth. My reaction was to let off the gas let the exhaust brake engage and try to figure out what was happening before applying any brakes. I looked in my left mirror and saw a SUV spinning out of control behind me. Traffic was dodging everywhich way. He finally hit the guard rail. After I got stopped about a 1/4 mile I went back to see where I had been hit. Dead center of the hookup panel and the rear wheel. We were very lucky. Didn't cut the tire and didn't hit the radiator. We then went back and checked on the other car. It was still raining hard and they were still sitting in the SUV with their front end in the passing lane. I figured they must be hurt because they sat there for at least 15 minutes before they got out. They were lucky no one hit them. Finally after they got their sences together they crossed the road and were OK. They hit so hard that both their seats ripped out of the floor.
After the FHP came an hour later because it was shift change they determined that he was doing 75 when he passed our rig and between the suction and the hydroplaning he lost conrtol and hit us headon in the side. He received a citation.
I am sure we all are aware of the danger of rain but in this case and others like it, you can't control what others are going to do. Our friends were driving 5th wheels and wondered what would have happened if they had hit their trailer and it had started swaying the way our rig did? It was really scary.
We got a call on the way home that my stepmon in Va Beach had passed away so we stopped at the house long enough to do laundry and headed for the beach. Just got home tonight. You should see the room the drivers on the road give you when they see all that busted fiberglass. They think you can't drive so they get out of your way.
All in all we were very lucky. It just reminds us of how dangerous it really is on the road. We have always been defensive drivers, but after this I have come to realize you can't prevent everything regardless of how careful you are.
Well here's the damage.
Big Bad John & Runaround Sue
This message was edited by johnchurn on 9-14-03 @ 8:56 PM