Road Rage And Big Rigs: A Dangerous Duo
Road rage is always a dangerous thing, Drivers who choose to tailgate, who weave in and out of traffic, or who deliberately harass or try to harm other drivers pose a safety risk to everyone on the road. After all, a ton of steel traveling down a busy highway at speeds of 40-70 miles per hour could obviously wreak a bit of havoc, putting property and human life in danger. Imagine, therefore, the potential problems when you mix a healthy dose of road rage with a big rig that far outweighs a care. Whether you’re a typical commuter or the driver of a big rig, you deserve a safe, courtesy driving experience. If your health and safety are attacked, you may benefit from the counsel of a local personal injury attorney.
A Trucker’s Perspective
Courtesy is a thing of the past, according to truckers who share the road with the rest of Florida’s commuters. Lane changes and opportunities for traffic to merge bring out the worst in drivers, particularly when trucks are involved. After all, who wants to be stuck behind a big rig?
But, say truckers, many drivers simply do not realize the difficulties that face truck drivers when cars try to squeeze into a lane in front of them. With all the weight of the rig, truckers are unable to stop quickly. When a truck driver slams on the brakes, it can lead to serious problems, including:
- Shifting the load;
- Veering out of the way of commuters;
- Braking system dysfunction.
Those are the kinds of problems faced when commuters are ignorant of—or impervious to—the challenges of driving a big rig. But truckers claim the problem on the highways can be much more serious.
Commuters and truck drivers alike have become so angry on the road that weapons have come out. In fact, the incidents are not uncommon across the country. A couple of recent Florida cases include:
- One man was shot and killed in Jacksonville after a fellow trucker bumped his rig. Following the bump, the passenger of the offending rig pulled out a gun and killed the man.
- When a Nissan driver and a trucker had an altercation on a Miami-Dade roadway, both men pulled over to settle the score face to face. The tractor-trailer driver brought a knife to the fight, but that was no match for the Nissan driver’s gun. The trucker was dead at the scene.
Victims of Road Rage
Highway commutes can be frustrating. But when the aggravation leads drivers to behave aggressively, and people are injured or killed, families deserve equally aggressive legal representation. At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, that is exactly what you will get. Contact us today in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a free, confidential consultation.