Report: Majority of London car accidents occur in west of capital

1st November 2011

The majority of car accidents in London occur in the west of the capital, according to new research

Vehicle replacement firm Accident Exchange has published a report which shows that more than half (50.52 per cent) of all reported dents, scrapes and collisions occur in the west and south-west of the capital.

However, the combined east and south east postcode boundaries only accounted for 18 per cent of total accidents in London.

Lee Woodley of Accident Exchange claimed that London's heavily congested roads, insufficient parking spaces and complicated network mean drivers are more at risk from vehicle damage than elsewhere in the country.

He said: "The high figures of the West / South West for vehicle damage could be the result of a greater daily influx of traffic from the West via the artery M40, M4 and M3 motorways."

Overall, Accident Exchange estimates that the annual repair bill for London cars each year is around £500 million, with an average repair to fit items such as new tyres costing £2,100 per vehicle. 

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