The highway appeared to be devoid of traffic, but it was difficult to know for sure. Both sides of the road were bordered by concrete barriers.
As Doe rounded a blind curve to the left he was suddenly dazzled by high-beam headlights from a truck driver coming in the opposite direction.
Doe quickly realized the other driver was trying to avoid side-swiping the barricades by encroaching onto his side of the roadway. Panic-stopping would cause a jackknife, Doe thought, so he moved to the right onto a narrow shoulder to avoid a collision.
Doe lost control on the mushy surface and grazed a barrier, and banged up his front passenger side.
Was this accident preventable?
The National Safety Council ruled it was preventable. Doe was dealing with nighttime fog on a slick road with a blind curve in a construction zone. Clearly, he was going too fast for conditions.