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Aviva UK detected 3,000 crash for cash claims in 2015

Staged accidents dropped 40 percent; induced accidents fell just two percent

Aviva UK detected more than 3,000 crash for cash claimants last year, with a quarter of those claims coming from Birmingham.

Induced accidents––in which fraudsters crash into other drivers on purpose to claim whiplash compensation––dropped just two percent from 2014. On the other hand, staged accidents––in which two already damaged cars are brought together––fell by 40 percent.

“Crash for cash does not just push up premiums for genuine customers,” says Tom Gardiner, Aviva’s head of fraud, “It puts innocent motorists at risk. It is also a significant drain on scarce public resources such as ambulance, police and A&E time, all of which are wasted on these entirely bogus claims. The number of whiplash claims is a problem unique to the UK and needs urgent reform.”