A Violent Reaction
The moving truck beeped its horn after a car driver failed to stop at an intersection. This enraged the car driver.
The car driver waited for the truck to stop at an upcoming intersection. He then calmly shot the truck driver in the face and drove away. The driver of the truck is expected to recover.
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Not New . . . But a Growing Problem for Carriers
Road Rage is not a new phenomena on U.S. roads and certainly not in Florida, where a truck driver in May of last year, after making a lane change on I-10 between Commerce Parkway and Chaffee Road in Jacksonsville, Florida was fatally shot.
Road rage is a listed as an exemption in many auto insurance policies says the Insurance Information Institute. That’s because damages resulting from road rage don’t fit the definition of an accident, but rather are due to driver behavior. If your driver initiates a road-rage claim, your company will likely be on the hook and not have any coverage.
Typical triggers for road rage include lane changes and merging. Anyone looking at loss-runs will typically see this category as being in their top five claims.
Inform Your Drivers
Let drivers know your policy about conflicts with other drivers. Inform your drivers of the need to always de-escalate any potential conflict that could develop while driving.
Although it may seem like common sense and courtesy should prevent involvement in a potential road rage situation, I would still recommend periodic road rage training.
Remind drivers not to play “traffic cop.” It’s always better from a safety perspective to yield right of way. And behaviors as speeding or aggressive driving are not what any carrier should expect from a professional driver.
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