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Car rolls over on Zakim during storm

WBZ reports the driver had to be hospitalized after the one-car crash on the northbound side of the Zakim.

Earlier, a tractor-trailer briefly slid out of control on the Zakim:

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When a semi jacknifes in general, I mean?

Does the driver just make a 10^5 -point turn? (while traffic may or may not keep from going around it?)

And in this particular case, all that slippy-ness on a steep decline. .. .

Doc Brown, what are the PHYS-ics involved!

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You are assuming that a truck can go through all that and come out with a functional hitch and no critical damage to other systems. That isn't a very good bet.

After towing, the driver will probably have the log books checked and will be given a thorough scolding about having such a vehicle out in those wind and ice conditions in the first place. Might even be cited for excessive speed for the conditions.

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From TFA:

Earlier in the day a tractor trailer jack knifed on the bridge but the driver was able to correct the issue and drive off.
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I know that when my cousin jackknifed his rig, he totally messed up the hitch and ripped out a couple of cables. Cops wouldn't even let him try to drive it.

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That's how most accidents occur. What people often fail to take into account is the fact that the posted speed limits are the fastest that one can drive under ideal conditions, meaning when it's a nice, dry, sunny day, not raining, and no snow or ice on the ground. Nighttime also falls under the less than ideal conditions, as well.

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Speed limit is not set to the maximum safe speed, they are set according to other standards.
Also, most accidents occur due to improper handling. For instance, the driver how slams the brakes when they hit a puddle or patch of ice on the highway, or the driver who loses a little traction so they jerk the wheel side to side and end up making the problem worse. Then there are those who have the capability to stop at stop signs but can't be inconvenienced or those that must be first in line so they swerve around people. Speed can be a factor but it's more often handling.

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If improper handling occurs, it's generally due to the driver(s) driving too fast for existing conditions, therefore, resulting in an inability on the part of the driver(s) to keep their car(s) under control. You think it's okay to not stop at a STOP sign, or to speed, and swerve around people, just so they can be first in line? That's irresponsible behavior, and poor handling of what's potentially a lethal weapon of destruction in the wrong hands---a car or any other motor vehicle. I stand by my opinion that most accidents occur due to operating a motor vehicle at too great a speed for existing conditions. If they'd just slow down, they won't be as likely to lose traction, or slam on the brakes while skidding, or, go into a skid in the first place.

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How much slower than 55 do you think I should go on Route 128 on a clear night?

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Five to ten miles under the speed limit is perfectly okay at night, and it's way safer, too, since nighttime is not an ideal condition.

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