As anybody who has ever suffered from road rage knows, we can’t always predict the way we’ll react when we see red behind the wheel. Getting angry whilst driving could have serious consequences not only for you and your family, but also for other drivers and pedestrians on the roads; so keep your cool. A recent survey conducted by Accident Advice Helpline has revealed some of the most common road rage reactions; they’re largely what you might expect, with a few surprises.
How do we react when we have road rage?
Road rage reactions can vary wildly, depending on the person involved and how angry they get. But the survey revealed that around 56% of us use our car horn when we’re affected by road rage, with just over 40% of us saying that we react by swearing at other drivers or pedestrians. Tailgating is another fairly common road rage reaction, with just over 15% of us saying we’ve done this in the past.
The good news is that threatening behaviour isn’t common – in fact those who said they would resort to it were in the minority. Just 7.7% of those surveyed said they would verbally insult or threaten another driver. But behaviour such as tailgating is worrying because this and other forms of aggressive driving could easily cause an accident. If you’ve been injured in a collision caused by another driver suffering from road rage, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Claiming compensation for a road rage accident
If it has been three years or less since you were injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation for your pain and suffering – as well as any loss of earnings. We don’t take personal injury claims lightly – in fact, we’ve been helping people claim since 2000 and have received an endorsement from our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen. However you’ve been injured due to another driver’s negligence, we can help. So if you’re suffering from whiplash or have sustained a serious head injury, give our freephone helpline a call on 0800 689 0500.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so we can help you to make a claim for compensation no matter what your financial circumstances. Why not take the 30-second test on our website right now and see how much compensation you could claim?
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton