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Motor claims numbers continue decline


Data received by ACSO has revealed a continuing decline in motor claims numbers.

According to figures from the Compensation Recovery Unit, obtained by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following a Freedom of Information request by ACSO, motor claims numbers in the second quarter of 2023 were the lowest on record for that three-month period, and the second lowest quarter ever.

It found that just 89,361 motor claims were issued between 1 April and 30 June, compared to 93,113 for the same period in 2022. Meanwhile, the figures were 159,417 and 146,844 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Matthew Maxwell Scott, Executive Director of ACSO, said, “The latest road-safety statistics do show slight – and very welcome – falls in casualty numbers. However, the falls of three per cent in fatalities and severe injuries and 11% in all injury types since 2019 are small compared to the 43% fall in motor claims numbers, from 654,000 in 2019 to 371,000 in 2022.

“The conclusion is that while people are still getting injured in regrettably large numbers on our roads, many are not seeking out the redress available to them, including the rehabilitation they might need. In a period of rapidly increasing motor insurance premiums, it is difficult to see how any of this is a win for consumers, especially injured ones.”

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