Reasons why some drivers leave accident scenes

University research analyses the reasons why drivers leave accident scenes in hit-and-run incidents within the UK.

In an attempt to get to the bottom of why drivers sometimes flee from the scene of a collision without leaving their details or calling emergency services has been researched by the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. The research was undertaken by a member of the insurance industry to try and combat escalating levels of compensation relating to uninsured drivers and those who flee the scene.

The results showed that half of all drivers involved in hit-and-run incidents fleed because they didn’t think that they had to report the accident. Of these drivers, 29% didn’t think the accident was serious enough to report and 21% didn’t know that they had a responsibility to report it.

Age related differences

The survey results also showed that drivers aged up until their mid-30s were more likely to flee the scene because of fear, panic or because they had been drinking or weren’t insured.

Drivers older than this age group tended more to believe that the incident they were involved in wasn’t serious to warrant stopping and reporting it.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), there were more than 163,000 accidents during 2014 in which someone was injured and that a little more than 10% of these involved a driver that fled the scene without reporting it.

The problem of uninsured drivers in the UK has gone some way towards being improved with around 1 million uninsured drivers on the road in 2016, which is half the level of a decade ago. However, the number of drivers that flee the scene of an incident is not reducing, according to the insurance industry.

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