Car insurance: Motorists 'angry at government changes'

Wednesday, 01 November 2006

A petition signed by 250,000 angry car drivers has been delivered to the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street today.

It is part of a growing backlash against the government's proposals to downgrade motor accident injury compensation claims to the small claims courts.

If this change proceeds then claimants will have to pay their own legal fees or else represent themselves when trying to win a case against their insurance company.

The worry is that road accident victims will be disadvantaged and may not be able to get the compensation they need for their ailments, even though they thought ahead and bought cheap car insurance online.

Tim Gorman, from the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, said: "It's clear that many claimants are totally bewildered by the hurdles in the claims process. Solicitors understand the process in a way most consumers will not and are able to address the issues raised by insurers."

Speeding is one of the biggest causes of car accidents and contributes to the 40,000 serious injuries and 1,000 deaths that occur on UK roads every year, according to statistics from the Think! road safety campaign.

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