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Whiplash claims drop to a five-year low

The number of whiplash claims, made by victims of Road Traffic Accidents in England and Wales, has fallen by nearly 60,000 in the past year, according to the government’s own figures.

The figures have been obtained by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) following a freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions’ compensation recovery unit. The figures reveal that there were 488,281 whiplash claims in England and Wales in 2012/13; that compared with 547,405 in 2011/12, representing a near 10% fall year on year.

APIL have submitted the figures as part of the group’s evidence to the House of Commons transport committee’s inquiry into whiplash claims. The figures would appear to cast doubt on the government’s proclamation earlier this year that the UK was the ‘whiplash capital of the world’.

Despite this, the Association of British Insurers said last week that it will continue to argue there is an ‘epidemic’ in whiplash claims and will support government plans to raise the small-claims court limit to £5,000. Vincents Solicitors continue to oppose this move and believes that the implementation of such a system would prevent access to justice for the majority of victims of Road Traffic Accidents.

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