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Road rage incidents on the highways across America is on the rise, and with more of these incidents comes an increase in truck accidents.
Truck drivers have a lot of things going against them these days that are only exasperating a very sensitive issue to begin with, and many times these accidents can be fatal due to the huge disparity in size and weight of the vehicles involved.
These are just some of the reasons why road rage incidents with truckers is actually on the rise;
Truck drivers will tell you that as they try to make their way along these interstates, smaller vehicles are weaving in and out of their lanes without using blinkers and cutting off these larger and heavier trucks. These big rigs weigh substantially more than cars, so the trucker must slam on his brakes and hope he doesn't crush the vehicle in front of him. On an average trip up and down the coast, a truck driver may have to try to bring his vehicle to a sudden stop because of careless drivers dozens of times a day.
As the population in the country explodes each year, this puts more automobiles on the highways each year. More drivers means more congestion, and these truckers are unable to get to their destinations in time like they were used to. Missed deadlines, long waits in traffic, and dealing with angry automobile drivers brings tempers to a boil for many of these truck drivers who are trying to just do their jobs.
In order for the truck drivers to reach their destination in time, they have to make up for the delay in traffic by driving longer and resting less. This can account for many road rage incidents where angry automobile drivers are blaming the truckers for the traffic, leading to heated confrontations that can result in truck accidents. The pressure by trucking companies to have their drivers reach their destinations on time combined with stand-still traffic has truck drivers on edge while behind the wheel.
There doesn't appear to be any way to lessen traffic issues or educate automobile drivers at the same time, so these incidents of trucker road rage are going to continue to result in more truck accidents. Maybe I’m pessimistic, and technology will provide a solution. Either way, as the population continues to explode, more goods need to be moved along the highway by these truckers, and we will need to find ways to mitigate the potential dangers.