Car insurance claims 'more likely' in SwanseaWelsh city tops list of insurance claim hotspots
24 February 2009
Swansea has been named a hotspot for car insurance claims in a new, nationwide survey.
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Virgin Money car insurance said that, per head, more car insurance claims come from the SA4 area of the Welsh city than any other UK postcode.
Leyton in east London and Widnes in Cheshire were rated joint second in the list of insurance-claim 'danger zones', while Warrington in Cheshire took fourth place and Hayes in west London ranked fifth.
Insurance claim survey
The survey also showed Birmingham is the largest major region for car insurance claims, and that 17% of all claims are made by drivers in southeast England.
Just 4% of accident claims are made in Scotland, Virgin Money said, while the northeast of England accounts for 6%.
Virgin Money spokesman Grant Bather said: 'You have been warned. If you see signs for Swansea you should take extra care because our data suggests you are more likely to have to make a car insurance claim following an incident there than in any other place in the country.
'Of course it doesn't mean drivers in Swansea are dangerous or the town is the car crime capital of the UK. Your chances of being in an accident are just slightly higher than elsewhere and in fact our research on car-friendly towns in June 2008 rated Swansea as 24th out of the 50 biggest towns and cities in the country.'
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