Motor insurance claims fall due to lockdowns, says ABI

The trade association’s survey revealed that although overall payouts dropped, the average personal injury claim increased by 13%

Motor insurance claims have fallen in the past year due to pandemic-related lockdowns, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The trade association’s survey revealed that the number of motor insurance claims settled by insurers in 2020 fell by 19%.

However, although overall payouts dropped during the period, the average personal injury claims rose by 13%.

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Over the full year, the average price paid for private comprehensive motor insurance remained at a four-year low. 

Lauren Hughes, manager of General Insurance at ABI, said: “The pandemic has forced many motorists to change their driving habits. Predictably, lockdowns have led to far fewer vehicles on the roads, reflected in the fall in the number of motor claims. 

“During the pandemic insurers have given additional support to their customers, including options for reduced mileage and help for those struggling to pay their premiums by instalments. It is good to see that throughout an uncertain year, motorists continued to get the best deals from a competitive motor insurance market.”

She added: “As we edge back to some form of normality, cost pressures remain, such as increasing vehicle repair costs, reflecting ever more complex vehicle technology. 

“With the average personal injury claim rising last year, the advent of the whiplash claims portal in May should help control whiplash costs, while ensuring that proportionate compensation is paid to genuinely injured claimants.”

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