CHESTER, England, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- Many believe the compensation culture is getting out of control
Nine out of ten people (93 per cent) welcome the government's clampdown on car insurance claims for whiplash injuries, according to an opinion poll from MoneySupermarket.com.
Britain's number one comparison site asked site users whether they welcomed the proposals outlined at the government's motor insurance summit, which included plans for whiplash victims to be assessed by an independent panel of doctors. Two thirds (66 per cent) said they agreed with the proposals because they thought the compensation culture was getting out of control and a further 27 per cent also agreed with the measures because they are annoyed false whiplash claims are bumping up insurance costs.
Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at MoneySupermarket, said: "Our poll speaks volumes about the sentiment towards this compensation culture we appear to be living in. The rising cost of motoring is driving families to despair over their finances and false whiplash claims add around £90 a year* to a typical car insurance policy. We are fully in support of the proposals to tighten the rules around whiplash injury claims from car accidents as every driver is being impacted by the cost even if they've never made a claim for whiplash themselves.
"Just as we saw the government banning referral fees to personal injury lawyers last year, it is encouraging to see it continuing to try to tackle the problem of escalating car insurance costs. Exaggerated whiplash claims on even the most minor of incidents have contributed to an unprecedented hike in premiums over the last few years. This clampdown is a step in the right direction for motorists who want to see the cost of their car insurance reduced. We hope to see changes implemented quickly and efficiently but, until then, it is vital drivers shop around for the best deal to make their hard earned cash go further."
Notes to editors:
Do you welcome the government's clampdown on insurance claims for whiplash?
- Yes - the compensation culture is getting out of control (65.7%)
- Yes - it annoys me that false whiplash claims are bumping up insurance costs (26.8%)
- No - it will put people off claiming if they're injured (2.6%)
- No - it will give insurers an excuse to turn a claim down (4.2%)
- I don't know (0.7%)
Web poll conducted on 2nd May - 12th May 2012. Total votes: 4121
* Data according to The ABI - whiplash injury claims cost insurers more than £2 billion last year, therefore adding around £90 to a typical car insurance policy: http://www.abi.org.uk/Media/Releases/2012/04/THE_UKS_PAIN_IN_THE_NECK_CULTURE_MUST_END_SAYS_THE_ABI_.aspx
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The government's motor insurance summit took place on Wednesday 2nd May 2012