Rules need to be brought in now to bring to an end the "whiplash compensation culture", which is cos...
AA whips up a storm on £2bn a year whiplash costs
It is now time for action on fraudulent whiplash claims, not words, says motoring organisation.
Rules need to be brought in now to bring to an end the "whiplash compensation culture", which is costing law-abiding drivers £90 a year on their policies.
Today (Wednesday) transport secretary Justine Greening MP and justice secretary Kenneth Clarke MP are expected to unveil whiplash injury reforms at a second insurance summit in Whitehall.
But the AA says there needs to be an end to talks about whiplash and action instead.
Over the past two years, claims for whiplash injury have contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded by the AA's benchmark British Insurance Premium Index, with the average cost of a comprehensive policy rising by nearly 50%.
Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, says that there has now been enough talking and wants to see "a tight timescale applied to reform of the civil litigation which at present, encourages people to make a claim regardless of how serious their injury is or even if they have not suffered injury at all".
And he added: "Importantly, we need reforms that clamp down on cold-call claims management and personally injury firms who have contributed to the growth of claims. The present dysfunctional system has also spawned a fraudulent multi-million pound 'cash for crash' industry."
Whiplash claims cost motor insurers more than £2 billion last year, adding around £90 to the annual cost of a typical car insurance policy. Even though the number of accidents on the roads is falling, the number of fraudulent whiplash claims means that injury claims are actually rising.