On August 31, 2016 around 1:30 PM, a trooper from Troop H – Hartford was patrolling north on I-91 south of exit 42 in Windsor Locks. As you’ll see in the video, a simple lane change set off a chain of events which resulted in the trooper swerving to avoid a motorcyclist, colliding with the concrete center divider and then colliding with the tractor-trailer.
Luckily, only minor injuries were reported. The operator of the tractor-trailer was found to be at fault for the collision and was issued an infraction ticket for unsafe lane change.
We say over and over again to be aware of your surroundings and to remain alert, this is why.
Whether you’re the one making a lane change or if you’re simply driving down the road, expect the unexpected. Know what’s around you.
If a vehicle suddenly comes into your lane where can you go? Do you have an opening on your side to go to? Is there someone behind you? Are you in a construction pattern?
You should constantly be re-evaluating and planning for unexpected.