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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Five sure signs that one is experiencing ‘bike rage’


    ‘Bike rage’ is similar in form to road rage and manifests itself as a verbal or physical act of aggression between a cyclist and another road user, often another cyclist. Bike rage should be avoided and can increase the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. Here are 5 sure signs that one is experiencing ‘bike rage.’

    • Increased stress levels
      ‘Bike rage’ causes a number of psychological changes within the body and can identify if an episode is about to occur. Changes will include, shortness of breath, frustration, increased heart rate, adrenaline rushes and dry mouth.
    • Making rude gestures
      One of the most passive ways in which a cyclist can suffer from ‘bike rage’ is by making rude or obscene gestures towards other road users who may have been in the wrong. It is not recommended to make any rude gesture in the case of a narrowly avoided road traffic collision as this can increase the chances of the altercation becoming violent.
    • Shouting at other road users
      Your voice can be an excellent means to alert other road users to your presence but shouting at other road users is a sure sign of ‘bike rage.’ Refrain from shouting at other road users even in frustrating circumstances.
    • Physical violence
      Over the years there have been many reported incidents of cyclists reacting physically in the wake of an accident or near miss. Some cyclists have even followed road users to their destination and assaulted them. No matter how poor the standard of driving is, it is not a legal defence when it comes to assaulting another road user. Report the motorist or other cyclist to the police.
    • Damaging property
      Some sufferers of ‘bike rage’ have decided to get revenge in a completely different way. There have been reports of cyclists following a motorist to their place of work and keying their car.

    Accident Advice Helpline and cyclist accidents

    Cyclist safety is paramount and Accident Advice Helpline is committed to helping reduce the number of accidents suffered by cyclists on Britain’s roads. If you are a cyclist and have been injured as the result of an accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.