Auto Body Repair Technician

Larry Baker, a body technician for Maaco auto body repair, works on a minivan. A new study from Allstate says that 69 percent of hit-and-run crashes involve a parked car. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

If someone crashes into your parked car and drives off without leaving a note offering to help pay for the damage, know that you are not alone.

Allstate Insurance Co., which insures about 11 percent of U.S. drivers, assessed its claims data for 2009 and determined that 69 percent of the country’s hit-and-run crashes involved parked vehicles.

In Colorado, 70 percent of hit-and-run reports made in Denver involved parked cars. Things were worse in Fort Collins, where 84 percent of hit and runs involved parked vehicles. In Aurora, 65 percent of hit-and-run claims were about parked vehicles; 79 percent in Colorado Springs.

For the record, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, even if the crash involves a parked car and there are no injuries.

People may run without calling police or leaving a note because they are uninsured, don’t have a driver’s license or simply don’t care, said Allstate spokeswoman Nichole Alley.

Read the full article from the Denver Post here: Collision Damage to Parked Cars