Road rage can affect all of us in different ways, and what winds one driver up and makes them see red may leave somebody else feeling cool as a cucumber behind the wheel. But what causes road rage and how do people react to it? Accident Advice Helpline recently conducted a survey into some of the causes of road rage. The results showed that there are some things which are more common causes than others – but no matter what the causes of road rage, it still has the potential to lead to accidents happening.
What causes your road rage?
Almost 44% of those surveyed said they had been affected by road rage at one point or another. Most people (51.9%) blamed aggressive driving for their road rage, with tailgating and changing lanes some of the worst offenders. This type of driving can not only cause road rage, it can also increase the risk of accidents occurring, especially when road conditions and visibility are poor. Almost 35% of those surveyed said that rude gestures gave them road rage, such as somebody sticking a finger up at them, whilst 32.7% said being cut off in a lane made them see red.
Speeding and sounding the horn or flashing lights also accounted for a number of road rage cases. Just over 15% of people said that being involved in a collision would give them road rage – this could lead to physical or verbal threats being made to other drivers. But at least almost 88% of those surveyed said that their road rage had never caused a collision, which is somewhat reassuring. Just 12.5% of people had been involved in a collision caused by their own road rage.
Are you entitled to compensation after a road rage accident?
If you’ve been struck down by road rage and have caused a collision, you won’t be able to claim compensation, as you’re to blame for your accident. However if somebody else has caused a crash due to aggressive driving caused by road rage, you could make a personal injury claim. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim, whether you’ve suffered minor injuries or life-threatening ones. Our team of expert advisors are on hand to offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to go ahead with a claim, whatever your situation, so get in touch today.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton