Ri$k Happens: A bad two for one

Nov. 21, 2021 - By Mary Ann Gormly, CERP - Loss Analyst, ARA Insurance

A driver for a rental store was making his way across town. As traffic slowed in front of him on the roadway, he braked to match the speed of the vehicles around him. The congestion cleared a bit and so he was able to increase his speed. Or so he thought.

He resumed traveling at the posted speed limit and glanced at the paperwork in the seat next to him. As he did so, the traffic again slowed down. The truck driver rear ended the vehicle in front of him. Both drivers exited their vehicles and called the police. The officer pulled up to the scene of the accident and assessed the situation. The drivers had already exchanged information by the time he arrived and so the officer began writing his report. He asked the drivers to move their respective vehicles out of the road and into a parking lot next to the scene.

The driver of the first car was taking too long for the driver of the rental store’s truck, so he decided to back up and go around the car he had rear ended. In his haste, he didn’t check his mirrors or glance over his shoulder.

As he reversed, the driver of the truck backed into the police car, with the police officer watching.

He was issued two citations that day.

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