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Police officers and insurance companies often look at fault in auto accidents — who caused the accident? Those violating the law usually receive a notice to appear in court because they are being charged with a traffic violation of some sort, and insurance companies sometimes raise insurance rates because of those traffic convictions and accidents in which the insured driver is found at fault. When I was working for a trucking company, accidents were evaluated on the basis of whether or not they were preventable. In other words, an accident might clearly be the fault of another driver, but if our truck driver could have prevented the accident by safe and sensible driving practices, it was not considered an unpreventable accident. For example, I was once in an accident in which another oncoming truck lost part of his load as it passed my truck and trailer on a two-lane highway. Part of the other truck's load hit my truck and trailer as it fell off and bounced off the pavement in my lane. That was ruled an unpr

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Opinion, Pages 6 on 08/15/2012

Print Headline: GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Drive at safe, sensible speed

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