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‘Hit whilst parked’ becomes most common type of accident in 2020

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‘Hit whilst parked’ was the most common type of collision in 2020, accounting for nearly a third of incidents last year.

‘Hit whilst parked” was the most common type of accident in 2020

AX, a specialist in accident management, analysed its latest accident data. The figures show that while all types of collisions fell last year, total rear-end collisions saw a particularly large fall of 27.0% compared to 2019. As a result, such collisions only held a 24.7% share in 2020, compared to 30.0% in 2019.

In contrast, the overall number of hit whilst parked incidents only fell 9.2% in the last year – and accounted for 30.3% of all accidents, up from 29.6%.

Although fewer journeys were made last year, AX believes safety technology such as automatic emergency braking (now equipped as standard on most new vehicles), could have played a part in reducing rear-end collisions.

Meanwhile, the smaller decline in ‘hit whilst parked’ incidents may be due to many vehicles spending more time parked up.

Top five types of accident:

2019 2020
Ranking Collision Type % of accidents Ranking Collision Type % of accidents
1 Hit in rear 30.0% 1 Hit whilst parked 30.3%
2 Hit whilst parked 29.6% 2 Hit in rear 24.7%
3 Third party pulled from side road 8.9% 3 Third party pulled from side road 9.2%
4 Third party reversed into client’s vehicle 7.2% 4 Third party reversed into client’s vehicle 7.6%
5 Lane change 5.7% 5 Lane change 5.6%

AX’s analysis also revealed how the pandemic has impacted when collisions have occurred throughout 2020.

Usually, the evening commute between 17:00 and 18:00 experiences the highest accident rate, but last year the peak shifted to the school run rush hour between 15:00 and 16:00. Although many offices were closed throughout the pandemic, schools remained open from September until Christmas.

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of sales and operations at AX, said: “Ordinarily, our data would show that November to March is when the greatest number of accidents occur – when the days are shorter, there’s more rainfall and, at times, wintery conditions can make the roads treacherous.

“However, the result of two national lockdowns, in addition to a change in vehicle congestion levels during this period, means our data will paint a very different picture this winter.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.