Police forces in the Midlands paid out GBP 1 million in car accident compensation over just two years as a result of crashes involving their vehicles.
Between January 2008 and December 2009, the police accepted responsibility for over a third of the 6,044 accidents that involved their cars and vans, the Sunday Mercury reports.
This resulted in those involved receiving GBP 998,987, which could have covered the cost of whiplash claims and other injuries compensation claims.
"Our average compensation paid out per incident was GBP 380 in 2009, well down on the previous year and [a] further indication that the majority of collisions were not high impact," Matt Markham, spokesperson for the police, told the website.
He went on to say that all of the police’s drivers are trained to an "advanced level" and suggested that they value the safety of other road users as much as they do catching criminals.
Another local authority, Leeds City Council, had to pay out GBP 10,500 after a lorry driver’s life was endangered by a high voltage shock that took place due to a lack of health and safety measures on a construction site.
Posted by Wayne Weir