False whiplash claims have been a rising problem in the UK, with unscrupulous motorists seeing it as a simple way to earn themselves thousands of pounds, but a false claim made for £54,000 was scuppered by a driver’s telematics device.
An incident involving a flat-bed lorry and a Vauxhall Astra – which resulted in only minor damage to the car and none to the lorry – resulted in the three people travelling in the lorry to claim for personal injuries and damage totalling £54,000 from the other driver’s insurance company.
However the device – which is often used by driver’s to reduce their motor insurance premiums by proving safe driving practices – was able to show that the claimants’ injuries were completely implausible.
The evidence enabled Macclesfield County Court to dismiss the claim, however the three lorry passengers will not face any charges in relation to the attempted fraud, and it is often the case that there is simply not enough evidence to prosecute car insurance fraudsters.
New Tech & Dash Cams Helping Insurance Claims
Dashboard cameras are also proving an effective way of apportioning blame in the event of an accident that otherwise wouldn’t be clear cut.
Back in February, an in-car camera helped to prove who was at fault for an accident in Glasgow city centre which resulted in a £5,000 insurance claim. In that case a Skoda Fabia ran a red light and collided with a Volkswagen Tiguan, and although the Fabia driver did admit liability, in many other instances of similar accidents it results in a dispute between both parties that can be hard to prove.
With this in mind, an investment in a telematics device and/or on-board camera could result in you paying lower insurance premiums as well as protect your no claims discount should you be involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, but that you wouldn’t be able to prove otherwise.