Blocking the Road - Duty to Maintain a Proper Lookout

You can't block the road simply to talk with someone who is on the shoulder.

In this report we have a two-truck accident on eastbound I-80 at the 138.5 mile marker. According to the ISP report there is a car legally stopped on the shoulder. For an undisclosed reason an 18-year-old driver of a 1998 Ford CRN Vic either slows or stops right next to the car parked on the break down lane. Behind him is the crest of a hill and beyond that crest is an oncoming semi-truck being driven by Richard Quentin Hoefs, Grand Meadow, Minnesota. He's 84 and driving a 1999 International Semi-truck for Jacobson Transport, Inc.  

Here is the narrative:

UNIT 1 WAS EAST BOUND WHEN IT STOPPED ON THE TRAVELED PORTION NEXT TO A NON-CONTACT VEHICLE THAT WAS LEGALLY PARKED ON THE SHOULDER. UNIT 2 CRESTED THE HILL AND REAR-ENDED UNIT 1. UNIT 1 CAME TO A REST ON THE SOUTH SHOULDER. UNIT 2 ROLLED OVER AND LEFT THE ROADWAY, COMING TO REST ON ITS TOP IN THE SOUTH DITCH.

In Iowa every driver has a duty to drive with a proper lookout and with due care. That applies equally to stopping on a busy road and especially Interstate 80.

You can read the entire report by following this link.

  • Date: 3/22/2011
  • Time: 11:51 p.m.
  • Place: Polk County, Iowa on I-80, Eastbound 138.5 Milemarker
  • Driver 1: J. Liggins (18) Des Moines.
  • Driver 2: R. Hoefs,(84) Grand Meadow, MN 55936.

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Minnesota truck driver killed in I-80 crash

...of a crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate Highway 80 northeast of Des Moines late Tuesday night. from DesMoinesRegister.com - NEWS - Mar 24, 2011 4:12 AM
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
1 Comments
And I know there may be questions on why an 84 year old man was driving a semi. I can personally tell you that this 84 year old man was healthier than some others in their 60's and at the age of 79 still received safe driving awards.
by Barb Russell April 22, 2011 at 02:02 PM
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