Scottsdale topping new survey for accidents involving parked cars

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SCOTTSDALE - Hit and runs are not only dangerous, but they are costly and stressful for drivers.

If it hasn't happened to you, you likely know someone with experience.

A new survey out this week finds that nearly eight out of ten hit and run accidents in Scottsdale involve a parked car and that's higher than the national average of 69 percent.

You run into the grocery store and you come out to find your car has been hit or scratched.

In a typical situation, more often than not, no note is left.

It's against the law in Arizona not to leave a note with your insurance information, and according to Allstate hit and run accidents involving a parked car happen more in Scottsdale than any other part of the country.

“We don't know the reason for higher incidents, a lot of bigger vehicles, distraction, check cell phones, play with radio, eat while driving,” Allstate said.

The owner of Arizona Collision Specialists sees two to three incidents a week in his shop.

So besides making sure you have the appropriate insurance coverage, what else can you do to protect yourself?

Surveillance cameras seem to be everywhere these days and if you can get access to the video, and find out who hit your car you'll hopefully save a lot of money.

Choosing a better parking spot is one way to avoid dings to your car.

One insurance agency says you can take certain measures to prevent getting your parked car hit.

Many folks simply avoid it by strategizing where they park.

“I always park in the lower 40 to save the vehicle,” Kathy Shellerberger said.

“Park away from the store, try and protect one side of car, with a buffer,” Rick Montando said.

“(Park) a little further out, worth the walk,” Marty Finch said.

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