I posted a picture of a straight truck earlier in this Thread. I haven't
driven this one myself, and that doesn't bother me at all. It's most
likely one of the most difficult trucks (non-articulated) trucks to make
a right hand turn in. It's 39 feet long with a 378" wheel base
The trick with this is the wheel base and placement of the rear axel.
For those that aren't involved in the trucking industry, here might be
part of the issue in this story (I guessing), and part of the reason for
the argument between Lone Wolf and Gerryh.
This truck (unloaded) with the rear axel located so close to the back
of the truck (during a right turn), much like tractor-trailer combination,
will want to take it's rear wheels over the curb (and sidewalk, and a
significant chunk of lawn) without a super-exaggerated S turn...but you
don't have to worry so much about what is sitting left of you in a right
Take this same truck, but move the rear axel forward about 10 feet,
and you now don't have to worry about it try'n to climb the curb as
much as before, but now everything behind the rear axel in a right
turn will try and swing out over the lane to the left of you....
The driver will be found at fault (I'm pretty confident in this guess)
and has already been charged. We don't know if he was new to
trucking, or new to that truck but use to something else...we don't
know much as Lone Wolf has pointed out, and I'm very certain
he'll be 100% at fault as Gerryh has pointed out.
Many truckers face this and worse everyday. It in no way excuses
what happened here, but I posted it for perspective. When we where
designing this truck, we KNEW that would be an issue, but due to
many factors (load size and current laws in two countries), that is
exactly what we had to design to get the job done.
In order for it to do this:
It had to be designed exactly as it sits...The wheel base alone on that
unit would be longer than gerryh's 30ft Class C motorhome, let along
the entire length of that truck....and that's when it's not hauling an RV
behind it on the ground. Makes me glad I'm driving a desk and not a
truck at this point.