Accidental damage insurance claims shot up at the end of May ahead of an increased easing of coronavirus lockdown measures in England, data shows.

Claims were up 39 per cent between May 13 to May 26, compared to the same period a week earlier. 

Car insurance claims have started to rise again with Scotland seeing a 12 per cent increase and Wales also seeing a three per cent increase, according to Admiral.

It is likely the two other countries saw a minor change when compared to England due to stricter lockdown restrictions still being in place. 

A map of the UK showing the increase in accidental damage regionally

Accidental damage claims are up by 39% in England since lockdown eased, new research says    

In England, the South Central region saw the biggest rise in claims – up 48 per cent in the two weeks after lockdown began to ease up.

London and the North East had the next highest jump with cases rising 42 per cent.

By comparison, the North West had the smallest increase of 31 per cent.  


Common incidents include shopping trollies veering into vehicles, careless pedestrians and road debris.

When your car is damaged through accidental events, you may need to get your car repaired or replaced. Your car insurance will determine with the amount of damage what course of action is best to take. 

As the restrictions continue to lift further, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are warned to 'proceed with caution' and take care when they are out and about.

A table showing how accidental damage has eased across the UK


Lorna Connelly, head of claims at Admiral, said: 'Whilst the current volumes of claims for accidental damage from motorists remains low, we've found the number of incidents reported to us has started to rise as lockdown measures have eased.

'This suggests that as more motorists return to the roads the likelihood of road accidents will also increase.

'The increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including a general increase in traffic on the roads; motorists getting back behind the wheel after a sustained break from driving; pedestrians and cyclists who have been taking advantage of quieter roads being unprepared for increased traffic and some drivers taking unnecessary risks with excessive speed.

'We're reminding all road users including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike that as lockdown measures continue to ease traffic will probably increase further, and that as it does the risk of accidents will also rise.

'Claims for accidental damage remain at a low level, but the increases already seen with a part lifting of travel restrictions should act as a reminder of the need for caution among all road users.'

Admiral compared the claims data from April 29 to May 12 and May 13 to May 26. It is likely to have increased further since and will continue to nudge up as more people hit the roads.

Separate research from the insurer also revealed that 44 per cent of motorists had not gone more than a week without driving since taking their driving test.

This suggests for some drivers the current lockdown break could see them not driving for ten times as long as they've ever gone without getting behind the wheel before.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming 76 per cent of drivers also said they believed that the skills of motorists who hadn't driven for a long time would deteriorate.


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