Chevrolet Volt Vs Transport Truck: Volt Driver Walks – Photos

AUG 18 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

So imagine making a left hand turn in your Chevrolet Volt.  Now imagine a 14 wheeler isn’t paying too close attention and you get T-boned.

One expects to most likely be dead, or seriously injured shortly thereafter.

The "Other" Party In The Accident (via Chevrolet Volt Owners Facebook Group)

The “Other” Party In The Accident (via Chevrolet Volt Owners Facebook Group)

Not so with Nathan Hill, who reported that exact accident (and walking away mostly unharmed), to the Chevrolet Volt Owners Facebook group this weekend.  We’ll let Nathan’s words speak for themselves:

T-Boned by a 38,000lb 14 wheeler, and walked away; Chevy Volt for life. 

I was heading east while a truck was following a ways behind me, I slowed to start a left hand turn with my turn signal on, I had to yield to oncoming traffic and was almost to a stop, but the truck behind me didn’t slow down, I started to turn, the truck finally noticed me and jerked the wheel, TBoning the drivers side door, all I saw was bumper and glass coming in at me.

It’s amazing that I walked away, I got out spitting glass out of my mouth, and shook a large amount of glass from my shoes. This could have easily left my wife a widow, and 6 kids without a father, all because someone was driving distracted.”

The Clinton Daily Democrat reported the accident as follows:


Two persons were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Aug. 13 in Pettis County on Highway 52 at Highway 127.

Nathan Hill, 32, Leeton, wearing a seat belt, eastbound in a 2012 Chevrolet, was yielding to oncoming traffic while attempting to make a left hand turn. Subsequently, a Mack Concrete Pumper Truck eastbound by Troy D. White, 46, Russellville, wearing a seat belt, struck the Hill vehicle in the driver side door.

Nathan Hill experienced minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. His vehicle had extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Golden Valley Towing. He had driver insurance through Progressive.

Troy D. White experienced minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. His vehicle had extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Don’s Towing. It was unknown at the time of this accident report whether Troy D. White had driver insurance.

Missouri Highway Patrol Corporal R.S. Smith investigated the accident and was assisted by Corporal J.D. Owens and Trooper A.M. Jeffreys.

Hat tip to Cody O!

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20 Comments on "Chevrolet Volt Vs Transport Truck: Volt Driver Walks – Photos"

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Glad he’s okay and surprised authorities who responded to the accident. They see a lot of failed engineering in grisly situations…

Was it totaled? If yes, I wonder what his insurance company will give him, and if he plans to get a Gen2 Volt.

As his friend, I know he loved that car…but he is looking at getting a Camaro.

The federal government should really mandate that all big trucks come with a collision avoidance braking system.

I’ll give that a +1!

Also, speed limiters. California limits the speed of tractor trailers at 55, but most other states have no limits. I’ve seen these guys doing 70, 75 and even 80 in other states.

I recall reading a while back that someone was testing/developing anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control for 18-wheelers (including on the trailer) in order to prevent jack-knifing tractor trailers, but I haven’t heard anything since then. I would definitely like to see these safety features federally mandated.

I agree something needs to be done. The problem with jackknifing is a difficult one but probably not unsolvable.
I think truck safety is a major problem that has not been addressed in any concerted way.

An increase in punitive damages to municipalities who must respond with emergency services, the cost to the community in general, and disruption of business cost based on how many hours a roadway was out.
Limits on speed, driver alert systems, perhaps even awake monitors, strict limits to on the road hours as most accidents are either caused by speed or tiredness, should be initiated.
Adoption of the training and safety models of trucking companies with the fewest accidents.
Lane restrictions, such as in CA.
Complete overhaul of the gotta get there mentality that is drummed into truckers 24/7.
No trucker found at fault for a major accident can drive commercially again, period.
Education campaign across all media, like the anti-smoking commercials, showing how car drivers contribute to truck accidents.
A truck is not a car.
It’s an embarrassment, and really criminal considering how many people are killed and maimed needlessly each year due to a lack of political will, read power of the trucking lobby, to do something.

The anti-lock brakes and collision avoidance systems were developed for trucks a decade or so ago, and are much more sophisticated than the ones for cars. The problem is the cost, they aren’t cheap. However, there is one package delivery company (I”m not sure how public this is) caused a tragic accident resulting in death. The CEO of that company was on the phone almost immediately placing an order for ALL of their trucks to be retrofitted with the safety equipment – expense be damned.

Accident avoidance? Have a friend who drives all kinds of trucks and he says 80% don’t even come close to the braking guidelines for the particular type of truck.

Looks more like “V-boned”.

Hi Jay, I’m not sure how to get in touch with you directly. (can’t find an email address)

I was wondering if you could update the super helpful Tesla Supercharger map article. Maybe with some projected charging locations, and a timetable.


Once again, GM & Chevy must be congratulated for engineering such a great car.

Well done Chevy!

I guess the crash test results don’t lie…

How’d the Volt driver not see the truck coming though…

And thats great…. and the Tesla is even safer!

The Volt driver was stationary and waiting to make a turn to the left. Why should he be seeing a truck behind him? Anyway, if he did, what can he do?

Truckers are not pulled over like I used to see when speed limit was 55. I know that is some time ago and yes speeders are not being ticketed like 10 20 yrs ago. I wonder if it is the HP and other law enforcement are not paid during court time. A co-worker son was a deputy in Johnson County KS and I was told they do not get paid for court time. I wonder if other munincipalities are the same.
Johnson county is not a poor county I think the deputies should be paid.

Good news the Volt is well built and they have use the correct grade steel – plus he was very lucky.

I once T-boned a 1970s-era Camaro doing 40mph in my Honda Prelude. I was cresting a hill and she had been driving drunk, dropped off the pavement and spun sideways. Cop said it should’ve been a multi-fatality crash, I hit my windshield, whited out, and next thing my brain new I was kicking the driver’s door so I could get out. The Camaro driver lived and only cracked/dislocated her hip, at the wrecking yard I could see her bucket seat was about six inches wide up against the tall center console. What saved her was those well-publicized side door beams Chevy used to plaster all over advertising. They work!

GM must use some form of that same door beam tech to build such strength into a lightweight Volt door. Thank God they do. What a sturdy car!

The uncanny thing here, is regardless of what testing agencies say is the ‘safest car’ (and whether they’ve actually said that is another issue),
one thing for sure is that the GEN 1 VOlt is unbelievably safe.

This guy will want to drive a Volt and nothing else for quite some time.

Another InsideEvs article was on a Doctor’s daughter who got rammed backwards by a drunk driver off a small cliff, and she only got a twisted ankle out of it. And here’s the thing:

The Insurance adjuster, while obviously stating the car is totaled, said he had never seen such a traumatic accident WITHOUT at least one death.

The doctor was so grateful to the designers and management of GM for making such a safe car that saved his daughter’s life.

So, since this was basically Bob Lutz’s baby, he should get some thanks also. Some of the car’s extra rugged design I’m sure was due to his strong suggestions.