A wise man once said, "With great horsepower comes great responsibility." That wise man was me. Made-up quote aside, there is absolutely truth to the fact that operating a vehicle requires a good deal of patience, concentration, and vigilance. I mean, when you've got multiple-ton machines chugging along at speeds of up to 80 MPH on the freeway, you're going to want to take the utmost care to ensure that you and the other drivers on the road are as safe as possible.
But, sometimes, people forget just how much responsibility is required to operate a vehicle, which leads to incidents like the one that went down in New Jersey on August 9, 2018, when road rage between the driver of an SUV and the driver of a tractor trailer ended in the massive truck flipping over on the highway.
As you can see from the above dashcam footage of the incident, everything happens pretty quickly, but here's how it all went down.
Per New York Post:
The SUV driver "decided to take the matter in his own hands and slow the tractor trailer down to prevent any type of accident" -- and he told police he believed the trucker was driving aggressively and recklessly, Chief of Police James Batelli said Tuesday.
Video captured by the dash-cam from a different tractor-trailer traveling behind the vehicles shows the SUV pull alongside the white truck and brake, preventing the driver from switching into the left lane.
As the truck tries to swerve around the SUV, the SUV pulls in front of him again and pumps the brakes, the footage shows.
The footage then cuts to the truck swerving -- with the SUV now driving away -- before driving onto the shoulder, colliding with the median and flipping.
"Miraculously, no other vehicles struck the tractor-trailer, which could have resulted in a major accident event," Batelli continued.
In the end, the truck driver got cited for careless driving, failure to maintain lane, and failure to signal, while the SUV driver was slapped with charges of reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes, failure to signal, and delaying traffic.
And that, folks, is why road rage is never worth it. But, you hopefully already knew that.
This post was originally published on August 30, 2018.