A video showing a Chevy Silverado 1500 plowing into a Ford Focus that had come to a near stop on the highway was shared to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit and the ViralHog YouTube channel this week, serving as a helpful reminder to always pay attention when behind the wheel.
This clip was posted to Reddit by the owner of the dashcam with the title “Dodged a car accident today.” The 25-second video starts with the cammer travelling in the far left lane as a GMT900-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 travels just ahead of their car in the middle lane. Traffic then comes to a sudden stop, forcing a black second-generation Ford Focus to slow down rapidly. The Silverado driver, seemingly distracted or not paying attention, then tries to brake and swerve to avoid the Focus, but at this point it’s too late. The Silverado slams into the back of the focus, sending it spinning into the path of the cammer’s car, which it narrowly misses before hitting the middle divider and coming to a rest.
Distracted driving a huge problem these days. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 424,000 people were injured and another 3,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2019. We can’t confirm if the driver of the Chevy Silverado 1500 that caused this crash was distracted, but after reviewing the video, it certainly seems as though they were looking at their phone, changing the radio or just observing the mountainous countryside. Some blame can be placed on the black Hyundai Elantra that appears to slow down for absolutely no reason, but this accident could have been avoided if the Silverado driver was looking at the road ahead. In case readers are wondering, this crash allegedly occurred on the I-15 in Utah near Farmington.
Check out the clip embedded below.