Road rage can affect anyone, of any age, and it’s more common that you might think. People experience road rage at different times and for different reasons, but if you’ve ever wondered how often people experience road rage, then the results of a recent survey by Accident Advice Helpline will answer your questions. It turns out that almost 44% of us have experienced road rage at some point in our lives, and although the majority of us (almost 38%) experience it rarely, a worrying 5.4% of those surveyed experience road rage every single time they get behind the wheel. Around 9% of people experience road rage around once a week, and the causes for feeling like this can vary.
Can road rage cause accidents?
Road rage could lead to accidents which could leave you or somebody else seriously injured. The majority of people surveyed did say that their road rage had never caused a collision, but 12.5% of people had been involved in an accident caused by their own road rage. So even if you’re a safe driver, you could be injured by somebody else driving aggressively due to road rage.
Most of us will use the horn (55.8%) or swear (40.4%) when we’re suffering from road rage, but just over 15% of people will tailgate another vehicle, which could cause a rear-end collision, particularly in poor weather conditions when stopping distances are greater. If you’ve been rear-ended by another vehicle, you might be able to claim personal injury compensation, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Claiming compensation after a road rage accident
If another driver has caused a crash due to their road rage, and you’ve been injured as a result, you could make a personal injury claim and be compensated for your injuries. We’ll take into account your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings that you have suffered as a result of taking time off work after your accident. Whether you’ve suffered whiplash or a serious brain injury after a collision caused by somebody else’s road rage, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim. Or if you want an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to, take the 30-second test on our website right now. It’s free to call and get advice in confidence from our expert advisors.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton