Truck driver John Doe was headed west on I-80, headed to the town of Elkader in eastern Iowa on a sunny day with light traffic. After turning off the Interstate onto Elkader Highway, a brown station wagon veered directly into his path at a high rate of speed, seeking to enter a roadside flea market.
Instinctively, Doe braked hard, and steered onto the shoulder, which to his horror turned out to be soft and caused his trailer to roll slowly into a ditch.
Because Doe contested his preventable-accident warning letter, the National Safety Council’s Accident Review Committee was asked to settle the matter. NSC quickly ruled in Doe’s favor, noting the lack of soft shoulder warning signs.
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