SOUTH AFRICA’S STRANGEST INSURANCE CLAIMS
Posted by Michael Scholtz on October 15 2008 14:51:16
Did you hear the one about the frozen squirrel that fell out of a tree?
Sounds like the start of a hilarious joke right? Only the punch line is a bit
more serious - the squirrel actually crashed through the windscreen and onto the
passenger seat resulting in an insurance claim for the driver. This peculiar
situation topped the list of the strangest insurance claims received last year
by British insurance company, Norwich Union.
So bizarre were these claims, Auto & General Insurance decided to do a bit of
humour digging of their own to see how South African insurance claims compare.
Auto & General’s top five strange insurance claims are as follows:
- A client collided with a buck. When asked if he hit the buck, he
replied – I don’t know if I hit the buck or if the buck hit me - we were
- All of a sudden the car jumped out of the ground and grabbed me, but
a tree stopped it.
- The client was driving at 04.30 in the morning, note is was still
dark, he felt something soft and furry at his feet and freaked out, took his
hands off the steering wheel and drove into a tree. The client then jumped
out and is convinced he saw a cat jump out of his car!
- The vehicle was parked in front of my home last night at about 19h00
and my next door neighbours just saw the car starting to roll about 20
meters down the mountain . It doesn’t look as if it’s drivable and it’s
still stuck in the tree, and its in a 45 degree angle. I haven’t phoned
anyone as yet…”
- When I was about to pass the parked cars I could not see the horse
but I heard a big bump and the car just went over the horse…” Insurance and
humour do not usually go hand in hand but having spent 18 years in the
short-term insurance industry, you come across some pretty out of the
ordinary claim explanations. Whilst the claims on our top 5 list certainly
hit the mark, my all time strangest claim that was submitted a few years
back has to be when a client reported that he was admiring a lady in the
next car, when all of a sudden an invisible” car crashed into his and then
suddenly disappeared”. As they say, strange but true!” concludes Angelo
Haggiyannes, director of Auto & General Insurance.
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