In the trucking world, owning your own truck is a big deal.
Drivers at most companies are required to drive at least one year before they are qualified to get their own truck due to the responsibilities it entails.
So when Aaron Davis signed the papers for his first semi-truck, he felt as if this was his shot. His shot at being his own boss. His shot at making good money while still spending weekends with his kids.
But after only two weeks in his new truck, something happened.
Aaron had just finished driving and parked the truck for the night to catch some sleep before the next leg of his trip.
Not long after he drifted asleep, a sharp jostle woke him. His first thought was, “Earthquake? No…I’m not in California.” He was in Alabama. Far from any earthquakes.
As he tried to get out of his bed, the truck continued to move. Aaron made his way through the cab of the truck and lost his balance and fell.
A sharp pain ran through his shoulder, but at the time he thought nothing of it.
He crawled to the steering wheel and was able to use a broom to tap the horn to signal to whomever or whatever was causing the movement to stop.
More shaking and screeching. Aaron reeled again and fell once more on his shoulder.
Finally, after about 20 seconds, the sharp movements ended.
Relieved, Aaron looked up and made eye contact with the driver of the vehicle that ran into him. The other driver immediately began apologizing and insisted he help untangle their trucks. The ensuing efforts further damaging Aaron’s bumper, which ended up mangled and loose.
The police officer completed his report, the drivers exchanged information and prayed together before parting ways, leaving Aaron with thoughts about his two-week-old truck and what might come of it.