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Stricter whiplash rules may cut the cost of car insurance

According to the Telegraph this week, car insurance premiums are expected to fall next year as insurers react to government action to stop dubious whiplash claims. Click here to read the full story.

There are 1,500 whiplash claims a day, costing insurers £2bn a year, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI). This adds £90 a year to the average car insurance premium as insurers pass the cost on.

The average cost of motor cover in 2017 rose by 9pc to a record high of £481, the ABI said, meaning that whiplash costs accounted for 19pc of the total.

Many whiplash claims are fake or exaggerated. There is no certain physical test for whiplash and doctors diagnose it on the basis of asking questions, which fraudsters can manipulate.

Personal injury claims have risen by 40pc in the past decade, despite cars becoming safer and the number of crashes falling by 31pc, an ABI spokesman said.