Some 1.7m motorists 'would stage accident to claim on car insurance'

Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Some 1.7 million of all UK motorists would consider staging a crash in order to claim on their car insurance, according to new research.

One in 20 drivers under the age of 35 confess they have staged an accident and successfully claimed on their motor insurance, research from Moneysupermarket.com has revealed.

Men are twice as likely to stage a car crash than women, with seven per cent saying they would compared to three per cent of females.

Some 13 per cent of drivers in London would consider staging an accident to claim on their car insurance, compared with just two per cent of those living in the east of England, the research from the price comparison site revealed.

Steve Sweeney, head of car insurance at moneysupermarket.com, said: "Desperate times do often call for desperate measures, but surely this is a step too far for British motorists. We have all been affected by the recession in one way or another, but crashing for cash is not only illegal but wilfully endangers the lives of others."

Recently, the BBC reported the number of crash-for-cash scams is at a record high, with data from the Insurance Fraud Bureau showing around 30,000 of these type of accidents were staged last year.

Posted by Noel Martin

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