Driving requires some relatively decent situational awareness, from the position of the vehicles around you, to the conditions on the road, to what the vehicle underneath you is doing. Add in something like a trailer, and those requirements are upped a notch. Unfortunately, the driver behind the wheel of this Chevy Silverado HD failed to notice an oncoming Infiniti Q50 sedan until it was too late, as seen in the following video.
Clocking in at just 21 seconds, the video is shot from the dash cam of another motorist, which managed to capture the whole thing play out. The incident occurred in California on December 4th, 2022, around 2:15 in the afternoon. The conditions look cloudy, with some moisture on the road, as well as large puddles accumulating on the shoulder.
We see the camera car traveling at 35 mph in the right-hand lane, while an Infiniti Q50 sedan matches the speed in the right lane just ahead of the camera car. Up ahead, pulled over on the side of the road, we see the white Chevy Silverado HD and trailer.
Suddenly, the Chevy Silverado HD starts to move into the road, with the driver apparently attempting to cross several lanes to join the far side. Whether the camera car and Infiniti were in the driver’s blind spot, or the driver simply wasn’t paying attention, it’s unclear. However, what is clear is that the truck and trailer are right in the path of two oncoming cars.
The driver behind the wheel of the Infiniti sees the Chevy Silverado HD at the last moment, slamming on the brakes and swerving to the left in an attempt to avoid the truck. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough, and the Chevy Silverado HD bumper plows into the rear end of the sedan, causing the four-door to pirouette sideways. The Chevy Silverado HD driver then makes another bad decision, and appears to flee the scene.
All told, there’s definitely some very poor decision making in this video, but it could have ended much worse. Check out the video in its entirety right here: