Lubbock has the most dangerous parking lots in the state - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/10

Lubbock ranks among the most dangerous parking lots in the state

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock has some of the most dangerous parking lots in the state.

According to a recent hit and run report done by Allstate, the likelihood of drivers stopping to leave a note if they hit your parked car is not good.

According to the study of Allstate Claims Data, 78 percent of Lubbock hit and run collisions involved a parked vehicle, which was the highest percentage in the state.

"I would say probably almost half of the accidents that come into my agency are some form of hit and run or uninsured motorists claims," says Russell Donaway, Allstate Insurance Agency owner.

This affects your insurance rates.

"As time has gone on, you have noticed those rates go up for that particular coverage because it's getting more and more common," said Donaway.

Steven Tisdale owns Collision Kind, and he sees about 5 hit and run accidents a week at his shop. "They're upset and can't believe someone would not leave a note or wait around," said Tisdale, who estimates most hit and run accidents cost about $1,000-$2,500 to repair.

If you become the victim of a hit and run accident you should call the police and file a report. "Many times if they do not have that police report, they're going to have a higher deductible that's applied," said Tisdale.

Then, try to find witnesses, check for security cameras in the area, take pictures of the damage, and call your insurance agent.

Lubbock Police say they filed reports on 2,749 hit and run accidents last year.

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