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Privilege Insurance highlights high number of road accidents

29 June 2005
The majority of British people have been involved in a road accident in some capacity, new research from Privilege Insurance suggests.

According to the research, almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of the nation has been involved in an accident on Britain's roads, whether as a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, at some point in their lives.

Young people would seem to be the most accident-prone, with almost half (45 per cent) the respondents having a road accident during their 20s, and almost a quarter (22 per cent) of twentysomething drivers admitting to having caused an accident.

Across the ages, reckless driving behaviour seems to have caused almost one million accidents over the last year: 88 per cent of the drivers surveyed admitted to perpetrating at least one of the ten key dangerous driver traits, as identified by Privilege.

"It is shocking to see that two-thirds of the population are likely to have an accident on the roads in their lifetime, be they a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or passenger," said Ian Parker, managing director of Privilege Insurance.

"British drivers should view these findings as a wake up call to look closely at their driving behaviour. We appreciate fully the stresses and strains of modern life, but urge people to value the importance of driving safely so that ultimately we work to reduce the impact of road accidents."

Drivers aged over 65 are the most careful on the roads, according to the research: just one per cent of senior citizens claimed to have caused a road accident.

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