New research by Norwich Union has revealed that as many as 19% of UK motorists involved in a crash have felt under pressure by the other party to admit liability. What's more, in 71% of cases, the cause of the crash wasn't actually their fault.
The study surveyed more than 1500 drivers and also found that 40% of respondents had suffered post-traumatic stress symptoms following a crash. These included recurring memories and feelings of distress when recounting the even, related to the facts that they had mistakenly admitted liability.
Norwich Union is urging drivers to be better prepared should they be involved in a crash after their research also showed that 32% of motorists don't know what to do.
Commenting on the research he developed for Norwich Union, Dr Cris Burgess said: "It's normal to react differently to how you would usually in a high stress situation like a car crash, because when you're in shock your sense of logic and reason can be impaired. That's why it's so important to be as prepared as possible for a crash - the more you know, the better you'll be able to deal with the situation, whatever your feelings at the time."