The hitting a fish story reminds me of why a friend of mine left Consolidated Freightways a few months after starting there as a road driver. He recounted the following conversation between himself and the dispatcher.
Driver: I am in East Bugtussel Oklahoma and I can’t go any further because all my right side marker lights are out.
Dispatcher: Can you get to a truck stop?
Driver: I am calling you from one but I had to leave the rig about 15 miles back.
Dispatcher: Do they have road service? I can give you a purchase order number for the repair.
Driver: Yes, they have road service, but they can’t fix the lights.
Dispatcher: Why not?
Driver: The trailer is laying on them.