Tuesday 13 September 2011

Innocent victims of car accidents targeted for protection by the Government

Those who have the misfortune to have an accident with an uninsured driver face escalating policies through no fault of their own, due to the illegal actions of others. Worse than this, tens of thousands are injured and as many as around 160 people lose their lives as a result of collisions with uninsured and untraced drivers.
A practice has been gathering pace over recent years, whereby insurance brokers, claims management companies, lawyers and others pass details of car accident victims who have made claims, in exchange for “referral fees”.
As insurance premiums are increasing (at least 30% on average over the last year) to cover the rise in claims for compensation, such as those involving collisions with uninsured motorists, the victims are being targeted by underhand practices.
The Government is aiming to stamp out this “compensation culture” which has become rife in recent years. This has seen a large increase in text messaging and TV advertising offering a "no win, no fee” claim service.
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said:  "Honest motorists are seeing their premiums hiked up as insurance companies cover the increasing costs of more and more compensation claims. Many of the claims are spurious and only happen because the current system allows too many people to profit from minor accidents and incidents."
No precise date has yet been determined for when the ban is to be implemented.

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