The government has launched a new strategy which it hopes will “weed out” drivers who make bogus whiplash claims after a car accident.
Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke and transport secretary Justine Greening are expected to outline a tougher accreditation scheme for doctors who assess whiplash injuries.
The move is the latest in a long line of measures aimed at stopping drivers falsely claiming for whiplash injuries after Britain recently became known as the “whiplash capital of Europe”.
Injury claims from traffic accidents have increased by 70 per cent in the past six years, which has led the government to create tougher regulations on reaching out-of-court settlements with insurers.
Mr Clarke told the Sunday Times: “It is scandalous that we have a system where it is cheaper for insurers to settle a spurious whiplash claim out of court than defend it, creating rocketing insurance premiums for honest drivers.”
However, Karl Tonks, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, recently said: “Whiplash injuries are real, they can be long term, and must not be trivialised.”
Posted by Wayne Weir