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Why Did The Vehicle Cross the Centerline? Was It a Criminal Action?


Steven M. Schorr, PE ::::

Case Synopsis: A pickup truck traveling northbound on a two-lane, two-direction roadway was approaching a slight curve to the right when the vehicle failed to remain in the northbound lane, crossed the centerline, and entered the southbound lane.  Yaw marks (tire marks indicating the wheels were rotating but sliding sideways) were present in the southbound lane, consistent with the pickup truck operator attempting to steer back to the right prior to contacting southbound vehicles.  The pickup truck operator claimed he passed out due to medical reasons and when he came to, he was in the opposite lane and attempted to steer back to the right.  The Criminal Complaint versus the pickup truck operator claimed that the vehicle operator failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway due to excessive vehicle speed as well as the presence of alcohol in his blood.

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