Unsurprisingly, the roads have been a lot quieter this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown. During the height of the lockdown, it was estimated there were c. 75% less vehicles on the road compared to pre-lockdown. This has resulted in a significant fall in motor claims made so far this year.
A Freedom of Information request to the government body by the Association of Consumer Support Organisations (ACSO) revealed that only 105,000 motor injury claims were registered between July – September. This is down nearly 38% compared to the 169,000 claims registered in the same period in 2019. Between April and June 2020, only 95,000 claims were registered which is likely to be reflective of the country being under the strictest of lockdown measures.
In April 2020, the fewest number of motor claims were submitted to the low value injury claims portal since its inception in 2010. 2020/21 could see the fewest number of injury claims registered for years as a result of the pandemic. Injury claims peaked in 2012/13 at 1,048,000 annual claims but there was a reduction of 21% last year (2019/20) to 829,000.
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