Truck Driver Gets Shot In Road Rage Incidentby Jana Ritter - Published: 6/26/2015
Although most truck drivers know better then to get into it with angry motorists, sometimes it’s the truck driver who gets attacked and as with the incident that occurred in Connecticut on Thursday night, sometimes it’s the truck driver who instigates the attack – and then gets himself shot.
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According to Connecticut State troopers, the incident took place on Thursday at around 9 p.m. on Interstate 95. A passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer were both heading northbound on I-95 near Exit 40 when something ignited between them. While the passenger vehicle simply continued on his way and proceeded to get off at Exit 41 where he stopped at the traffic light at the end of the ramp, the truck driver pulled over on the right shoulder of I-95 and made his way over to the passenger vehicle on foot. He ran to the driver’s side of the car and then allegedly struck the motorist with an unknown object, cutting the man’s face.
The motorist decided he wasn’t having it and chased the truck driver as he returned his cab, pulling out a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The motorist (who was licensed to carry the gun) then fired several rounds and hit the truck driver several times. Somehow the truck driver managed to make it back to the tractor-trailer and continued driving northbound before coming to a stop around Exit 44. He was soon found by troopers and both men were transported the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Fortunately both men survived the attacks and police are still investigating the incident before deciding if they will press charges. Hopefully they will learn from the many drivers who responded to the incident in NBC's news coverage, warning road ragers that its simply not worth it.
Although it may sound like an unusually violent and rare incident, AAA reports that at least 1,500 people are injured or killed in road rage incidents each year, never mind the heavy penalties incurred by the attackers. According to John Casada, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with anger issues and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, people with the classic "Type A" or competitive personality are most likely to road rage. "These types -- the driven types who always have to have everything their way -- are the kinds of people who have a harder time tolerating the frustrations of driving," Casada says. Those people are always going to be out there and there is a good chance you will run into them, especially if you’re truck driver who spends more time on the road than anyone. Casada advises that as tempting as it may be, avoid the urge to engage in any exchange with road ragers and certainly don’t try teach them a lesson. "Meeting road rage with road rage is the worst thing you could do. If you look at them and respond, it will only make them madder and you more stressed. If someone pulls up to you and starts yelling or gesturing, just let them blow off steam," he says.