Whiplash claims cause premium jump

Rapid rises in the cost of

A cross-party parliamentary committee has called for stricter controls on claims for whiplash injuries, which it blames for causing recent rises in insurance premiums across the country.

As well as raising the threshold for personal injury claims, the House of Commons Transport Committee also called on the Government to curb the widespread practice of firms urging victims to take legal action after accidents.

Louise Ellman, who chairs the committee, voiced concerns over the difficulty faced by insurers in challenging whiplash claims, which are often based on "very subjective" diagnosis.

The MP also said: "Although we strongly support access to justice, drivers should not be rail-roaded by cold callers into launching legal action."

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