News Index

Good news for Motorists or not?

14 | 12 | 15

By SheldonDavidsonSolicitors

Good news for Motorists or not?

Recently the Government made some unexpected announcements in relation to personal injury claims.

In a move to tackle questionable whiplash claims, Chancellor George Osborne announced several measures, including removing the right to general damages for minor soft-tissue injuries from a car accident. In a move to cut legal cost, plans to transfer personal injury claims up to the value of £5,000 to the small claims court were also announced.

Following the somewhat shock Autumn Statement announcements, this
has proved good news for both motorists and insurance companies, with the Chancellor declaring that the change could remove £1bn from insurance company costs as a result of removing questionable claims.

In a statement from the Treasury, the overriding messages are to end ‘false claims’ increasing motor insurance policies. Whiplash claims cost the country £2bn a year, an average of £90 per motor insurance policy. However, with Government intending to introduce the measures in the New Year, those with insurance policies are set benefit greatly with an average saving of £40 to £50 per motor policy.

The changes that will be in force as of April 2017 motorists are set to see insurance premiums cut significantly. But is this really good news for the UK motorists?

Our Managing Director and Solicitor Sheldon Davidson discusses how the changes will affect you, the motorist:

“Although the announcement has brought news of savings to insurers, these are unlikely to be passed on. The only certainty is that innocent victims of road traffic accidents will be denied proper access to justice by legal representation.

“As a result of the impending changes, victims of road traffic accidents that pursue a claim are likely to face the insurance company in court who will almost certainly be represented by a team of highly skilled professionals, with experience of arguing such cases on a daily basis. With this daunting prospect in mind, genuine claimants could potentially be discouraged from making a legitimate claim.

“In addition to appearing in court with no representation, making a claim for personal injury is not a straightforward process, and getting the right evidence, from medical reports to financial statements will add to the burden, which again could discourage claimants even further. Sadly as a result, these genuine claimants may not get what they are entitled to and may find the stress, in addition to the accident itself, just too much to contend with.

“There is a common misconception that “the small claims court” offers a more simplified process and less formal venue for dealing with claims. However in my experience that is far from the case and unrepresented claimants are likely to struggle with the process.

“Although the changes are set to end ‘false claims’ increasing motor insurance policies, claimants with genuine cases are likely to suffer the consequences.

“There has already been a raft of changes in recent years aimed at dealing with fraudulent claims, transferring personal injury claims up to the value of £5,000 to the small claims court will do nothing more to help, other than potentially deny access to justice for genuine people.

“When I formed Sheldon Davidson Solicitors it was to help those people that needed help to get themselves back on their feet. We will continue to do this and are always available to listen to you if you have been involved in a non-fault accident.

“All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us on 0333 999 8800 and one of my team will help you get back on track.”


Start Your Claim

Complete the form to start your personal injury claim today.

An expert solicitor will contact you to get more details about your case.


Call us FREE on 0333 999 8800 or let us call you…

Contact Information
Staying Covid-19 Secure in 2020
APIL Accredited  Specialist in Personal Injury
Motor Accident Solicitors Society Associate Member
  • Excellent advice always kept me up to date with everything I would recommend them to anyone

    Miss E

  • Thank you to your company. I will be recommending Sheldon Davidson's as I have found you more than helpful and very quick

    Mr M

  • I have been very happy with all the help your staff have given me during my claim.

    Mr B

  • The service I was given was excellent. I had no problem with getting in touch with my solicitor or a member of staff at any time. They were always extremely helpful. I would like to thank all the staff for their time and effort they have put in for me.

    Mr H

  • I can honestly say that Victoria's help, support and guidance were a God send and truly welcome! I was able to reach an acceptable outcome. I would recommend SDS and Victoria in a heartbeat

    Mr M

  • I'm very pleased with the quick and excellent service provided

    Mr G

  • Jill was very professional from the moment she took over the case

    Mr M

  • I would recommend Sheldon Davidson 100% as you can be assured you will always get the best service possible.

    Mr C

  • Thank you for the handling of my claim! You exceeded my expectations. Great service. Great outcome.

    Mrs B

  • You truly exceeded my expectations with your superb service, knowledge and smooth completion of my difficult situation.

    Mr M

  • Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant, whenever I needed advice they were always available!

    Mr B

  • I would like to thank you for all your work on my claim and would definitely use you again

    Mr M

  • All of your staff have been very friendly and helpful in every way and keeping me up to date with my claim

    Mr B

  • Excellent service from start to finish

    Mr L

  • I would like to thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into my case which was complex and challenging. You were always professional, polite, and efficient but also had that human touch which was most welcome, especially when having to discuss personal medical information.

    Mrs. C Earnshaw

  • Jill has been fantastic. I felt I could speak to her at any point and she explained the facts very well to me .always polite and pleasant. thankyou Jill

    Mrs E

  • You have done an outstanding job in dealing with my claim and treated both myself and my wife in a totally professional manner

    Mr P

  • Extremely helpful throughout the process, very polite & courteous, explained in detail anything I needed to know, would definitely recommend them to my family & friends.

    Miss B

  • Both Victoria and Michelle have been a massive help to me, more like family.

    Mr S

By continuing to use this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies.