The Canary Islands was the third autonomous community where most of the claims were raised last yearinsurance for traffic accidents with minor damages,or "metal beating", reaching a total of 97,404 cases, 2.28% more than in 2017, according to data provided today by the Spanish insurance employers.Unespa. This type of claims grew three times in the province ofSanta Cruz of Tenerife,where there were 49,134 cases (3.53% more), than in theLas Palmas, where 48,270 (1.05% more) were registered.
The statistics of the insurers indicate that between 132 and 135 daily losses of this type, on average, with more accidents on Fridays (up to 168) and Mondays (162) and less on Sundays (between 74 and 78).
In the set ofSpain, minor traffic accidents in which no injuries were recorded increased by 0.11% in 2018, to 1.93 million, the highest figure since 2010.
According to Unespa, these crashes, typical of urban traffic, are one of the magnitudes that reflect the economic situation of a country, since in times of bonanza more collisions occur because there is a greater number of vehicles circulating in the streets and vice versa.
According to these data, collected by Tirea, the IT company in charge of managing the Cicos miscarriages settlement platform, metal beating struck land in Spain in 2013 (1.73 million) and since then they have not stopped growing.
The autonomous communities where these types of collisions increased the most last year wereMelilla,with 5.91%;Castilla y León, with 2.59%,and Canary Islands, with 2.28%.
On the contrary, accidents only decreased in four regions, which wereAsturias (2.05%); Basque Country (0.96%); Castilla-La Mancha (0.64%) and Navarra (0.59%).
If the analysis is done by provinces, highlight the rise of Segovia (8.12%); Melilla (5.91%); Soria (5.33%) and Salamanca (4.38%), as well as the decreases registered in Albacete (2.69%); Teruel (2.29%); Guipúzcoa (2.12%) and Asturias (2.05%).
The greatest number of minor incidents, in absolute figures, occurred last year in the most populated areas, such as Madrid, with 253,206 collisions; Barcelona, 199,338, and Valencia, with 100,998.
The panorama changes if the number of accidents per 100,000 inhabitants is analyzed, and, in this way, the provinces where it is more complicated to drive are Melilla, with 5,320 collisions; Balearic Islands with 5.220; Malaga, with 5,080; Cantabria, with 5,030 and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with 4,650.
The places where the accident rate in relation to the size of its population is lowest were Teruel, with 2,780 shocks; Zaragoza, with 3.210; Ceuta, 3,300, and Guipúzcoa, with 3,320.
Theslight accidentsThey also vary according to the time of the year and the days of the week, says the report, which explains that during the holidays there is less because the metal beats are typical of urban traffic, less dense in the moments of rest.
Thus, August was the quietest month of the year, with 142,296 cases, followed by December, with 147,612, while the worst month was October, with 177,547 shocks.
Each month there were 160,652 minor traffic accidents in Spain last year. This figure exceeds the historical average available for the last two decades. Specific,between 1999 and 2018the average was 157,282 hits without injuries per month.
As for the day of the week, the highest number of hits occurred on Fridays, an average of 6,351 accidents every Friday of last year, followed by Mondays, with 6,251 hits.
On the contrary, the collisions fell over the weekend until touching a minimum of 2,868 on average every Sunday, the data added.