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Crashing into parked cars tops list of most common accidents during lockdown

Crashing into parked cars tops list of most common accidents during lockdown

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Motorists crashing into parked cars has become the most common road accident to occur during the lockdown, according to new figures.

Insurer Admiral has said that 29 per cent of the claims that have been submitted to it since the UK went into lockdown on March 23 has concerned a driver hitting an unattended car. 

It represents an increase of 19 per cent from the preceding six weeks. 

Admiral believes that the spike could be caused by several different factors.

More parked cars are on the roads as a result of fewer trips being undertaken, while the insurer believes that drivers could be out of practice or responding to the reduction in traffic by raising their speed.

In addition, the number of claims being made as a result of collisions with animals has increased, rising from one per cent of the total number of claims to three per cent over the same period. 

Prior to the lockdown, rear-end shunts were the most common cause of a claim being submitted to Admiral, but these have fallen from 22 per cent to 11 per cent.

What should you do when you hit a parked car?

The firm’s head of claims Lorna Connelly said: “Regardless of how many cars are on the roads, it’s important that drivers remain vigilant at all times and stay alert to their surroundings while behind the wheel.

If you do hit another vehicle or wildlife, it’s important to contact your insurer as soon as it’s safe to do so.

“If you haven’t driven for a while because of the lockdown or are feeling less confident, make sure you feel as prepared and safe as possible before getting back onto the roads.

“Practising manoeuvres such as parking and reversing in open spaces such as car parks could go a long way to increasing your confidence.”