Research reveals the honest truth about accidents
IF you are one of those drivers who has returned to your car to find the wing mirror hanging on by a thread or a dint in the bumper but no sign of the guilty party, then the results of the latest research by an insurance company may come as a surprise to you.
AXA analysed more than 30,000 claims between 2010 and 2012 where a driver had hit a parked car.
The results show that in more than 80 per cent of cases, motorists who hit a parked vehicle made themselves known to the owner and provided their insurance details.
The number of those who hit a parked car and chose not to leave details has fallen by 16 per cent in the past two years.
One conclusion is that an increasing number of motorists are willing to do the right thing. The more cynical might say that the prevalence of CCTV cameras and mobile phones with video capability could well have nudged the perpetrators in the right direction.
But honesty is not necessarily its own reward: the price is high.
According to the data, the average crash involving a parked car causes £762.89 worth of damage, although the insurer received claims as high as £16,500.
Examination of 2012 figures shows that motorists were most likely to hit a parked car on a Friday, with 1,477 incidents recorded on that day in 2012, compared to 1,046 on a Sunday.
Amanda Edwards, from AXA, said: “We tend to hear horror stories of fraudsters causing deliberate accidents to receive a payout – the Honesty Barometer proves that the vast majority of drivers are honest and trustworthy.”