A survey by YouGov the online survey site found around one in
ten drivers admitted to driving off after being in collision
with a parked vehicle - 8th December 2007
A recent survey conducted by
YouGov has found that almost one in ten drivers admitted to
being involved in
hit and run incidents where in collision with a parked car,
of these 20 percent said that they felt no guilt about
committing the offence.
Around 70 percent of drivers say they have received
vehicle damage in this way. Around a third of car owners
damaged in bump and runs paid for repairs themselves, with over
half being left unprepared and around 11 percent making a claim
for repairs on their insurance.
The online survey was carried out in November on UK motorists
aged over 18 with 1,526 respondents.
Those who admitted not stopping said it was only minor damage
caused and not worth the effort stopping to leave their details,
with 14 percent saying they did it because no one was around.
Many of the culprits were more worried about being caught on
camera or by onlookers than the actual damage they caused to the
It is an offence to drive off from any
involving third parties without leaving your details. Spokesman
for insurers Direct Line
who commissioned the survey.
Tony Chilcot said it's "worth remembering that it is a crime"
to hit another car and drive away, adding "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" emphasising the importance of leaving your details
if you are involved in a collision with a parked car, and the
inconvenience it causes.
Bad parking was the main culprit for causing bump and run
incidents with them being twice as likely to occur in a
supermarket car park as they are in a residential area.
Paintwork was the main damage caused in these incidents followed
by bumpers then wing mirrors.