07 Jun 2021
The Whiplash Reforms came into effect on 31 May 2021 within England and Wales for lower-value injury claims from Road Traffic Accidents (RTA). Whilst these reforms apply to motorists they don’t apply to other road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists or vulnerable road users, such as those under 18. The reforms also don’t apply to those who were inured prior to 31 May 2021, meaning anyone with an existing claim doesn’t need to worry about these changes.
Key changes that have been introduced include;
The government has brought in these Whiplash Reforms in an attempt to reduce the number and cost of minor, exaggerated and fraudulent Road Traffic Accident claims; benefiting ordinary motorists by reducing insurance premiums. Insurers have vowed that the savings made on ‘whiplash’ cases will allow them to reduce motor insurance premiums by an average of £35 per policy.
In short. Yes. The reforms don’t prevent people from making a genuine compensation claim, although the way in which you claim may have changed.
The reforms include a new user-friendly online portal for claims under £5,000 and introduce a ban on settling whiplash cases without medical evidence – a practice that previously opened the door to fraudulent claims.
For those people whose accident happened before 31st May 2021, vulnerable road users, protected parties or if your injury is valued at over £5,000 then you can continue to claim using the services of a solicitor.
For more information on which steps you should take to bring a claim please visit our RTA page.
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