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5 percent of Brits are okay with fraudulent whiplash claims

In November, the Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged to address the issue

Brits find auto insurance fraud is just as unacceptable as drunk driving, Aviva UK research has found.

Eighty-seven percent of survey respondents said it wasn’t acceptable to make a false whiplash claim, compared to 88 percent who say the same about driving while intoxicated and 79 percent who don’t agree with buying stolen goods.

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But the study also found five percent of Brits think fake whiplash claims are just fine, and eight percent are indifferent.

“The temptation of financial or personal gain often causes people to wrestle with decisions, while others turn a blind eye entirely––especially when the immediate impact of their actions is not apparent,” says Rob Townend, Aviva UK’s claims director.

In November, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged to address fraudulent whiplash claims, which cost 2 billion pounds each year.

“The government intends to introduce measures to end the right to cash compensation for minor whiplash injuries, and will consult on the details in the New Year,” Osborne said in his Autumn Statement.

He also plans to transfer personally injury claims under 5,000 pounds to the small claims court, cutting legal costs.