Winter increase for crashes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 

More than one-in-three drivers have been involved in an unreported incident with another car during the winter months. 

A survey from dash cam retailer LaptopsDirect.co.uk found that a third had been involved in an incident with another driver at this time of year, which they haven’t reported to the police or their insurer - a figure that was 18% more than those who have been involved in this during British Summer Time.

A further one-in-five had had their car damaged by another driver while it was parked. And of these cases, the perpetrator had come forward just 32% of the time - with the majority having to foot the costs themselves, due to a lack of evidence to take to their insurer.

It found that 24% more Brits have had a near miss during this time of year, compared to the summer months (43%).

The survey also found that men were more likely to have near misses than women during the winter months – with 74% confessing to having done so in the past. 

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk, said: “Driving conditions and visibility are naturally worse once British Summer Time ends. But the fact that so many are admitting to having been involved in unreported incidents, or situations where their vehicle has been damaged, suggests a real need for additional measures which will arm motorists with the evidence they need in order to either successfully defend themselves, if they’ve been involved in a collision that wasn’t their fault, or prosecute for damage caused by another driver.” 

 

 

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