Latest Road Rage Attack Leaves Driver Hurt

Miami road rage

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.

Welcome to Miami . . .

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.

Highway fights between drivers are not uncommon. Incidents of road rage have doubled in a five year period according to ABC News.

Not Covered

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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Construction Season . . . Adjust Your Speed Accordingly

Workzone

With the long winter behind us, it’s easy to forget about reoccurring seasonal hazards. Families of Kenneth Duerson Jr., 49, of Indianapolis and Coty Demoss, 24, of Noblesville will never forget, as both men were killed Friday morning, May 9, 2014, according to WTHI-TV, when a pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old driver ran into their roadcrew on Interstate 69.

SAFETY REMINDERS

1. The Right to Drive is a privilege. With the right comes duties. Awareness, caution, common courtesy, prudent decision making and sobriety are only a few of a driver’s duties.

2. Construction Zones are always hazardous. Distractions, distracted drivers, changing speeds and sudden lane shifts and stops are common construction zone hazards. Slowing down helps in hazard perception.

3. Professional Drivers double down on safety before, during and after passing through a hazard zone (school zone, accident scene, no-passing zone, etc.). Compound hazards, like a railway crossing cutting through a construction zone, can be doubly deadly. Alert other drivers to upcoming hazards with a friendly tap of the brakes or use of the emergency warning lights, if permitted. Slowing down increases reaction time. Having one extra second of time could prevent 90% of collisions, according to a number of studies. When clear of the danger zone, keep looking for the next hazards. The most dangerous mile of road is the mile ahead.

4.) Replace the Ego with We-go. Every driver, every mile, needs to ask him/herself, “What am I contributing to safety?” Good drivers are courteous and try not to hog the road. Be aware that motorcycles may drive along the shoulder, if traffic is stopped on an expressway. This is an approved safety practice for motorcycles by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  Safe drivers park the Ego (I-go) before starting out.

Let’s work together to make the remainder 2014 one of the safest years possible.