There were 599 more accidents in 2014 than 2013

The number of hit-and-run cases in Britain increased by 4.6% in 2014, according to new figures from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

In 2014, 13,483 claims were made against those people who didn’t stop, compared to 12,884 in 2013, Sky News reports.

The MIB compensates victims of uninsured and untraced accidents.

MIB head of technical Paul Ryman-Tubb said: “Some drivers who initially leave the scene of the accident and are later traced actually turn out to be uninsured so anecdotally there is evidence that uninsured driving is one reason why people would leave the scene of the accident, but the clearly does not account for the whole of the problem.”