4% fall in reported road accidents… but insurance scams still cost motorists everywhere

The number of reported accidents in the UK has fallen by 4% in the year ending June 2011.

The Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Quarterly Provisional Estimates report, from the Department for Transport, revealed that there were 1,910 people killed in the year ending June 2011.

There were also 24,560 killed or seriously injured (KSI) in the same period. However, this represented a 4% fall compared to the previous 12 months.
The number of reported child causalities also fell by 2% over the same period.  Motor vehicle traffic levels also fell by 0.8%. This could be due to the fact that motorists are currently driving less due to high petrol prices.

The research found that the number of road accidents reports with death registrations show that very few road accident fatalities are not reported to the police. However, a considerable proportion of non-fatal casualties are not reported to the police.
Fraudsters increase the cost of car insurance premiums

ëCrash for cashí fraudsters, who fake accidents to claim on their car insurance, push up the price for motorists everywhere. According to one insurer, fraudsters make unnecessary emergency stops, forcing others to crash into them. These scams cost the insurance industry an estimated £350 million a year.

Paul Hubbard, Head of Counter Fraud Operations at Direct Line, said; “Crash for cash scams pose a significant risk to public safety. As well as adding to the cost of insurance, they delay payouts on genuine claims as any reported accident at a known scam site has to undergo additional investigations. Just the actions of a few, can cost motorists a significant amount of money and pose a real threat to people’s lives.î

This has cost honest drivers an average of over £4 million per week. This adds an average of £44 to the annual cost of car insurance policy holders every year.

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