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Many wrecks involve parked cars

Posted February 17, 2010

— Almost 70 percent of hit-and-run crashes in the Raleigh area involved a parked vehicle, a new study conducted by insurer Allstate found.

The crashes tend to happen in parking lots, in parallel parking zones and outside bars or restaurants, where high traffic density combines with limited visibility after dark, according to the study.

In Cary, the rate was almost 80 percent; in Durham, 65 percent of hit-and-runs involved a parked car.

Most states, including North Carolina, require a driver responsible for an accident with an unattended vehicle to notify the owner by leaving a note.

Drivers can avoid being the victim of a parked hit-and-run by choosing to park in a well-lit area, parking in spaces with plenty of room on either side and avoiding parking near shopping carts.

Allstate recommended parking away from other vehicles, even if it means a longer walk.


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  • working for deadbeats Feb 17, 2010

    That's why I park far away from the store and walk 30 extra seconds to the door. You can have the front space and the dented fender.

  • iamyeary Feb 17, 2010

    My car has been hit 3 times while parked. Each time in a designated parking space, each time the person that caused the damage drove away without a note. Very frustrating....but what can you do? Have a designated watch person? It's just not possible to prevent this. That's why we pay so much for insurance...

  • working for deadbeats Feb 17, 2010

    Breaking news!

    Study shows that Wednesday is to be followed by Thursday. Same expected next week.

  • drjones74 Feb 17, 2010

    People in surburbans insist everything needs to be enlarged to accommodate them artist speedy. You got it backwards.

  • Nunya123 Feb 17, 2010

    One of the writers must have had their car hit. That is the only explaination for a common knowledge article like this.

  • justafella Feb 17, 2010

    The "experts" appearently never lived in an apartment complex. Spaces with plenty of room, what a joke.

  • LambeauSouth Feb 17, 2010

    I park in my Garage and walk to work!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Feb 17, 2010

    "spaces with plenty of room"

    HA! The people with the paint gun think everyone drives a Prius.