Originally Posted by kingsqueak
Well more accurately the bucket truly is driving in an unpredictable manner. Doing the speed limit is not too slow but 10 or 15 under in a 40, or the same below pace of freeway traffic is more the hazard I mean. The operator becomes a rolling obstruction that causes evasive maneuvers...that many people can't do well...thus accidents.
The latest local fad is to stop dead in the middle of a two way street and wave on an oncoming car stopped with its blinker on turning across the lane...it's purely insane.
Most of I-5 in Northern CA has a 70 mph speed limit for 4-wheels and a 55 mph limit for trucks. The road is mostly two lanes each way (divided). Many trucks are governed below 60 mph, like UPS trucks. The flow of 4-wheels is around 75 mph. Somehow, those thousands of trucks and hundreds of thousands of cars manage to roll up and down that highway without any appreciably different rate of carnage than other roads. Perhaps there is less to having slower moving vehicles, from a safety standpoint, than you think.
Just how hard is it for people to not run into stuff that's right in front of them? Wait, nevermind. Don't answer that.