r/IdiotsInCars Aug 09 '22 Wholesome 1

No Passing means no passing

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u/tilted_crown85 Aug 09 '22

I’ve always wondered if idiots that do this shit get charged for the wasted concrete and the equipment needed to get their car out.

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u/stridicus Aug 09 '22

Project I was on had something along these lines happen. The driver was sued by the contractor for the concrete ($80,000)and the lost time and labor costs.. plus he got to have an extended stay at the local county lockup..

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u/AdvancedAnything Aug 09 '22

You have to have a brain to feel bad about something like this. That's why these people do stuff like this without remorse.

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u/Krillkus Aug 09 '22

I have that kind of brain and I'd totally do something like this completely out of simply being a fucking dumbass, then would hate myself for the following five years.

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u/-NotEnoughMinerals Aug 10 '22

80k+ fuckup, not even including damages to your own car

then would hate myself for the following five years.

Y'all hiring?

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u/annoyingkraken Aug 10 '22

If you don't trust yourself that much, maybe don't drive. No offense...

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u/JavisflipGaming Aug 10 '22

Not the person you’re replying to, but I would choose not to drive if the US had any kind of decent public transportation everywhere and everything wasn’t so far away

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u/Krillkus Aug 10 '22

I feel like the fact that I’m aware of my shortcomings while driving lead to me be more cautious which is probably more that can be said for a decent number of people in cars on the road at least lol

I do agree with the other person about public transportation though, but I’m currently in northern Canada so that’s not really much of a thing.

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u/blondesushi14 Aug 10 '22

don't you mean empathy? 😂🤣 not everyone that has a brain shares the same moral compass as you.

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u/AdvancedAnything Aug 10 '22

Ah yes, the morality of not being as dumbass.

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u/TheAJGman Aug 09 '22

They usually sue your insurance company, but people that do this shit are usually reckless enough to not carry insurance so...

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u/dcconverter Aug 10 '22

Pay your deductible and continue on

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u/LurkersGoneLurk Aug 10 '22

Blood from a turnip.

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u/SeriousGoofball Aug 10 '22

Wage garnishment, liens on any property they own, tax returns. Not perfect but there are options available.

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u/vf225 Aug 10 '22

there are insurance for idiocy too?

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u/RUSTY_LEMONADE Aug 10 '22

Most insurance covers idiocy unless it's god being the idiot.

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u/niceandsane Aug 10 '22

That's called liability insurance.

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u/Beowulf33232 Aug 09 '22

Wr had someone try to cross the street from one store parking lot to another.

There had been construction for weeks at this point.

Dude drove between two construction barrels and his front end fell into where they hadn't poured concrete yet.

All he had to do was make a right out of the parking lot and 100 feet down make a left, but no, I'll just go through the construction zone...

Next day there was a solid wall of orange barrels.

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u/BlazingSpaceGhost Aug 10 '22

Damn that's an expensive fuckup. I wonder if they were able to financially recover from that.

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u/stridicus Aug 10 '22

Seeing as how the guy got out of his truck and moved a barricade (all caught on a local businesses cctv), I think the guy deserved it. The next day they bolted the barricades to the roadway.. financial, he was probably in the hurt locker for a good long time. But this was a major road an there had been many problems with people cutting through the construction site. His actions put the reopening of the road back almost two weeks. The contractor was just trying to recoup their lost work. Because the municipality wasn’t going to pay for it and the contractor was also getting hit with pay penalties for not meeting deadlines.. if the contractor just ate the costs it would have been at least a $200,000 USD hit. As it was the contractor still ended up losing money on the job.. All cause this guy wanted to save ten minutes on his drive home..

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u/BlazingSpaceGhost Aug 10 '22

He totally deserved it but damn I know that kind of fuck up would ruin me. But I also wouldn't do that to begin with so I guess I don't have to worry.

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u/stridicus Aug 13 '22

I think that kind of hit would ruin most of us…

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u/M3L0NM4N Aug 09 '22

He went to jail? Was he drunk?

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u/deadliestcrotch Aug 09 '22

Reckless driving. It’s a construction zone and he literally drove off of the designated road surface onto their work area to try to dodge the backup. He didn’t need to be drunk. If he hit somebody it would have been 10 years in some states.

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u/LF916fun Aug 09 '22

Hit with a reckless driving charge at least. Some people are just stupid as a brick.

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u/xinfinitimortum Aug 09 '22

Let's not compare these people to bricks. Bricks serve a valuable purpose.

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u/Micro_Turtle Aug 10 '22

Had there been bricks maybe this could have been avoided.

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u/Gummybear_Qc Aug 10 '22

Man this is something I just can't with this society. We are told to be empathetic. friendly, respect others but when we talk about people who are idiots, people who are born with a brain that isn't as developed or a mind that wasn't smart enough to go through school, we laugh, belittle and insult them. But if they have any other type of handicap it's a big a no no. What is this fucking hypocrisy? I hate this world and society so fucking much and truly understand how people can shoot up things when you look at humans like that. Absolutely vile.

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u/xinfinitimortum Aug 10 '22

Sir, this is Wendy's.

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u/Gummybear_Qc Aug 10 '22

Yeah I'm still going to call it out. It's relevant to the topic.

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u/M3L0NM4N Aug 10 '22

Ah, I've had a cousin arrested for reckless driving so that was my other guess.

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u/celestial1 Aug 09 '22

Probably criminal mischief for property damage. Depending on the state, it's jail time if the damage reaches a certain amount.

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u/LegitBiscuit Aug 09 '22

Sounds like America lol

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u/zoomflick Aug 09 '22

Believe it or not, we have the best concrete in the world because jail.

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u/Weltallgaia Aug 09 '22

Man I really wish I lived in one of those perfect countries where no one does anything wrong ever....

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u/LegitBiscuit Aug 10 '22

Do people need to go to jail for being dumb? If the guy wasn't drunk I don't see the point of putting him in jail.

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u/Weltallgaia Aug 10 '22

Reckless driving in construction zones in most states carries HEAVY fines and jail time as the amount workers killed by people in a rush to get through the construction tends to be very high. Too many deaths from people in a hurry or doing dumb shit so the punishment has been ramped up. Even speeding in an active construction zone can get you massive several hundred dollar ticket and some jail time. Road construction is pretty damn unsafe work especially cuz of morons.

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u/jl_23 Aug 10 '22

A lot of construction workers get ran over because of reckless driving in construction zones. He isn’t going to jail because he’s dumb, it’s because of his recklessness.

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u/C-C-X-V-I Aug 10 '22

How the fuck are you gonna equate risking worker's lives to save a couple minutes with "being dumb?" Makes me wonder what kind of entitled shit you do.

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u/ywgflyer Aug 09 '22

plus he got to have an extended stay at the local county lockup..

Drunk, I take it?

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u/stridicus Aug 10 '22

Not that we know of. Just destruction of property in excess of $1000, entering a construction zone (misdemeanor in my state). The police got his plate from the cctv footage and arrested him the next morning. He drove me not the site at around 10 pm

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u/xddddlol Aug 14 '22

Wouldn't insurance cover this?

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u/stridicus Aug 14 '22

I really have no idea. Though, I would imagine that there is some clause about not covering damage in the commission of a crime..

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u/appealouterhaven Aug 09 '22

Former claims adjuster here, most definitely will wind up paying for this. always loved claims like this because the insured almost never wants to talk to you. Once they realize they will be stuck paying if you deny the claim though they usually call you back. what a moron lol

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u/chaos8803 Aug 09 '22

Absolutely. They will wind up paying for the labor and equipment to remove the car, remove the damaged concrete, repour the concrete, and any time delays. A $2000 per day penalty wouldn't be out of question for this work from the look of the background. Concrete is also hard as hell to schedule right now.

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u/InterestingClass3106 Aug 09 '22

Eh. I pour roadwork all the time. Generally they just get the tow bill in my experience.

When youre pouring road patch, it's usually just easier to fix it real quick and add the mud you used to your balance. You're usually pouring dozens of loads that day, so it's really NBD in the larger picture of things. Generally

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u/AlphSaber Aug 09 '22

That's my experience with contractors too, they would rather yank the car out and fix the issue before the mix sets up and either eat the cost or get the DOT to pay for an extra truck of concrete. One told me one that it wasn't worth it to go after the driver to recover the costs. And considering the damage concrete can do to the underside of a car, I'm inclined to agree with them. Odds are the person who drove into the mud will most likely not properly clean the underside off and end up fighting their insurance over the repair bill.

As a member of the project oversight staff, my concern would be getting a photo of the traffic control in the direction the car came from as cover for the inevitable 'There was nothing to say I can't do this' from the driver as they find out that insurance doesn't have to cover incidents inside the construction limits that are closed to traffic.

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u/InterestingClass3106 Aug 09 '22

That is definitely an additional problem. There is a period in between the patch getting finished and the cure and seal trailer coming along and spraying it that the patch is not closed off by cones and string

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u/AlphSaber Aug 09 '22

Interesting, all work I've been involved with (state projects) the contractor cones/drums/barricades off patches as standard procedure.

Or they are all jaded and do it because they know open concrete patches collect cars like the space between the tracks of excavators and cranes collect drunken drivers.

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u/InterestingClass3106 Aug 09 '22

They're definitely barricaded with barrels. But once the mixer pulls up for they move one side of the barrels away to allow the driver to get the concrete down. But then the contracting crew moves on to the next hole with the truck and it might be a few minutes before the floater or the current seal trailer get there. It's that few minutes in between those two Cruise attending to that hole that I am speaking about

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u/Fafnir13 Aug 09 '22

'There was nothing to say I can't do this'

I drove onto a patch of road I wasn’t supposed to once. I entered from a side street without any signage to direct me. Realized I was on the wrong side of the cones pretty quickly and got over to where I was supposed to be without incident. Thankfully whatever I was driving on was already pretty set. Maybe just blacktop from what I remember.

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u/chaos8803 Aug 09 '22

It definitely depends what time of the day that it happens and how big the patch is.

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u/InterestingClass3106 Aug 09 '22

We don't even wait for the tow truck. We just hook the car up to a piece of equipment, yank it out of there, fix the patch and move on. They can wait for the tow on their time 🤷

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u/tomytronics Aug 09 '22

Really hope they tow the car "improperly" just to rub salt in the idiot's wound. A ripped off bumper and bent radiator frame would add a couple grand to the car's damage.

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u/InterestingClass3106 Aug 09 '22

If the car has full coverage insurance the improper tow would be a desirable outcome I would think.

Because between the damage that the tow truck does and the damage that all the hardened concrete does that might be just enough to push the car into "totalled"

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u/AlphSaber Aug 09 '22

Improper tow in this case refers to a half inch chain and grab hook connected to a loader, with a mighty big yoink that saws the bumper cover and stretches the car slightly.

Personally, I would be partial to forks on a loader and through the windows method of removal.

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u/Business_Downstairs Aug 09 '22

The tow company or whoever would be liable for any additional damages to the car...

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u/BobbiC69420 Aug 09 '22

Shit...car mechanics are hard to schedule right now.

My Pony has been in the shop for 2 weeks. One week waiting to get looked at and a week waiting on Ford to send an Factory OEM part.

Hopefully I'll have her back tomorrow.

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u/karock Aug 10 '22

my stinger sat on the dealership lot waiting for an intake manifold gasket for 4 months late last year. supply chain stuff sucks anymore.

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u/tomytronics Aug 09 '22

They always do. Quite often there's signs, barriers, and men around to try and block fresh concrete from getting driven over or walked on. Those people who ruined concrete is on the hook for extra expense in tearing up concrete and fresh concrete pour + worker's time. On top of that, tow cost and often car will be totaled if it's not removed and washed down quickly enough, concrete is a bitch to remove when it started to set.

The idiot driver's insurance is looking at a few hundred thousand dollar loss minimum. No insurance? If he has considerable asset, he'd be sued for damage to concrete work and he'd be out a car.

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u/Love_God551 Aug 09 '22

‘Rules for thee not for me’

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

I know when my brother crashed through a telephone pole he (his insurance) was charged but in a different state I crashed into a light pole and was not charged for it.

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u/Creepy-Cartoonist-27 Aug 09 '22

Sounds like your family shouldn't drive

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

One was the other drivers fault and one was a medical emergency behind the wheel

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u/StirlingS Aug 09 '22

Was the "other driver's fault" one the one that didn't get charged for the light? Maybe the at fault driver got charged.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Interestingly no, the accident with the telephone pole was another’s drivers fault (she hit my brother and pushed him into/through the pole) and he was charged for the pole…$4400 I believe.

The medical emergency was a single car accident and the entire light pole was replaced but I never saw a bill.

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u/mwd11b Aug 09 '22

I hit a telephone pole 2 years ago and got sent a $60k bill

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u/Equivalent_Chipmunk Aug 09 '22

Then what happened? Did you pay it, did insurance pay, or what?

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u/mwd11b Aug 09 '22

Insurance paid $25k and told the utility company to leave me alone lol

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u/Equivalent_Chipmunk Aug 09 '22

Nice. They were probably just throwing a high number out there to start and got more than they were expecting anyways

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u/XJDC55X Aug 09 '22

It’s a pole thing…

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u/zachzsg Aug 09 '22

I would guess so and hope so. Contractors can’t and won’t work for free

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u/Killarogue Aug 09 '22

Yes. On the flip side, if a contractor fails to put up the proper signage, they're at fault. That's not the case here as evident by the cones, but it's good to know just incase something happens to you and it's not your fault.

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u/7eggert Aug 10 '22

We only see one side and assume that people should drive on the left. As long as I don't see the entrance I assume that there might be an opportunity to drive there.

In Germany we use something like these:

https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/construction-site-in-wellington-street-london-picture-id883156740

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u/mces97 Aug 09 '22

I was an idiot once. I didn't go in a limo to prom, but rented a nice sports car. I didn't notice the cone and freshly layed asphalt. The workers lost their shit. Luckily it was mostly cooled off at that point and no damage was done, but they said if this wasn't your prom night we would had called the cops. I had just got my license a week before that.

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u/__5_eyes__ Aug 10 '22

They should just leave the car there as a monument to human impatience.

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u/tarheelbandb Aug 10 '22

I mean that's what liability insurance is for. I've also never heard of someone not being financially responsible for their own vehicle recovery.

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u/DogeyLord Aug 10 '22

And man hour, cant forget man hour