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Motorists failing to declare damage

a dent in the side of a car07/11/12

By Nick Rowan

A new survey has revealed that a substantial percentage of drivers in the UK have accidentally caused damage to another vehicle and not owned up to it.

Over a quarter (26 per cent) of those questioned by esure car insurance said they had hit a parked car but driven off without providing their insurance details. Some said they had panicked whilst others said they just didn't want the hassle.

The report also showed that 27 per cent of British motorists would not own up to hitting a parked vehicle if there were no witnesses. More than one in five (22 per cent) said that they had only admitted an incident because they were being watched.

Behavioural psychologist Donna Dawson said: "For some of us, getting away with something in a society where we feel constantly watched and put-upon bestows a temporary feeling of power, for others, wanting to cover for a friend or family member - it is protective urges that motivate us."

Slightly less than half of the men that responded (49 per cent) said that they had bumped or scraped a parked vehicle, 33 per cent said that they had driven off without providing their information. Fewer women have been involved in an incident with a parked car (36 per cent). They were also more honest than men with only 18 per cent admitting they had fled the scene of an accident without owning up to it.

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