Insurance claims for accidents abroad still increasing

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New research from Admiral has found that car insurance claims for accidents abroad have increased in the past year. Read on to find out more.

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Following on from research we carried out last year, we took another look at the number of car accidents happening abroad to see if anything has changed.

We found that insurance claims for accidents in mainland Europe are still on the increase. In 2017, they rose by 9% and in the past five years they increased by 150%.

August is still the month that sees the highest number of claims from Admiral-insured motorists driving abroad. And the top three car brands most likely to be involved in an accident abroad are also unchanged: BMW (10% of claims), Volkswagen (9%) and Audi (9%).

We’ve found that age matters too. The highest number of claims came from those aged 35-44 (29%), with those aged 25-34 (26%) and 45-54 (20%) following closely behind. The fewest claims (6%) were made by drivers aged 17-24.

And when it comes to the countries where the most claims are made, that hasn’t changed much in the past year either. 

Top 10 destinations for car accident claims in 2017:

Rank

Country

% of claims 2017

1

France

40%

2

Germany

10%

=3

Republic of Ireland

8%

=3

Spain

8%

5

Poland

7%

6

Belgium

6%

7

Italy

5%

8

Romania

4%

9

Netherlands

3%

10

Switzerland

2%

Being hit in the rear by another driver was responsible for 11% of claims made for accidents abroad, whilst being hit by another vehicle whilst parking or when the car is unattended was responsible for 9%. Hitting another car accounted for 8% of the claims made by Admiral-insured drivers for accidents abroad.

If you’re planning to drive when you’re on holiday, make sure you are fully prepared. Take a look at our guide to driving in Europe for more information.

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