One in ten drivers 'bump and run'Survey says many didn't feel guilty afterwards
07 December 2007
Britain is becoming a nation of 'bump-and-run' drivers, with almost 10% of motorists admitting to crashing into parked cars and speeding away.
Nearly half of offenders felt guilty but 20% did not give it a second thought, a survey by car insurance company Direct Line found.
Some of the bump-and-run offenders were more worried about being seen by other drivers or captured on camera than concerned about the damage they had caused.
Of those who drove away without stopping, half justified their actions by saying the damage was only minor and not worth the bother of leaving details.
As many as 14% said that as there was no-one around, they thought they could get away with it.
A third of those with cars damaged by another driver paid for the repairs themselves, with 11% making an insurance claim.
More than half (51%) of the cars damaged in such incidents had not yet been repaired.
As many as 70% of drivers have had cars damaged in this way by other motorists.
Poor parking was the main cause of bump-and-run incidents, which were twice as likely to happen in a supermarket car park than in a residential road.
Damaged paintwork was the most frequent result of such incidents, followed by damaged bumpers and damaged wing mirrors.
Tony Chilcott, head of car insurance at Direct Line, said: 'Bumping another car can happen so easily and, while it may be tempting to drive off, it's worth remembering that it is a crime to do so.
'To be on the receiving end of a bump-and-run can be upsetting, especially if it means you have to claim on your insurance for damage you didn't cause.'
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