The Met Office has reported the wettest April in 2012 since records began over 100 years ago.
Although the rainfall was welcomed by farmers, it was not welcomed by Britain’s road users.
We have seen a marked increase in the number of road traffic accidents in April and in a majority of the claims reported we have noted that the inclement weather conditions played a large part.
Motorists were travelling too close and too fast behind the vehicle in front, often in the pouring rain resulting in the inevitable rear end collision, after the innocent driver had slowed down or come to a stop.
Research has shown there are approximately 400,000 rear-end bumps on the roads each year in the UK, accounting for one in four of all road traffic accidents.
Data from more than 200,000 accident claims in 2010 found that 27% of them occurred when one car hit another from behind. This is a 9% increase in the percentage of these types of accidents from 2009.
Many rear-end collisions result in whiplash for the occupants of the vehicle and these type of accidents account for 75% of all bodily injury claims.
Congestion means we often travel in slow moving traffic. Drivers get frustrated and drive a little too aggressively. This can cause them to bump the car in front.
On faster roads many drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front. If the car in front needs to break suddenly, it’s possible to go straight into the back of them.
The Ministry of Justice has reported record numbers of unauthorised claims management companies have been shut down within the last year.
Nearly 350 firms were closed down last year in comparison to 35 the year before – a ten-fold increase.
This follows the Ministry of Justice’s reforms including restructuring ‘no win, no fee’ deals to discourage needless and excessive litigation as well as reviewing the way advertising is used by claims management companies to attract business.
The 349 firms who had their licences taken away in 2010/11 were either found to be in breach of rules or failed to meet the regulator’s requirements for authorisation.
In the worst cases, the reasons for action included evidence of fraud, misleading marketing and aggressive sales techniques.
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