Admiral bemoans bumping by “aggressive” drivers
by David Masters
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Nearly half a million motorists claim for rear-end bumps every year at a cost of over £500 million to the insurance industry, Admiral said this week, blaming the high number of claims on “aggressive” drivers.
The motor insurer calculated that rear-end bumps account for 420,000 claims per year, equivalent to one in four of all road accidents.
The £500 million estimated cost includes car repairs and personal injury claims, with one in ten rear-end bumps resulting in whiplash.
Whiplash alone costs insurers £1.9 billion a year, Admiral said, and accounts for 75% of all bodily injury claims.
Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director, blamed the number of bumps on “aggressive” motorists driving too close to the car in front.
“Rear end bangs and shunts are all too common on our roads,” Longthorn said.
“I think this is indicative of how many of us drive.
“Where traffic is so slow moving, people tend to get frustrated and drive a little too aggressively.
“On main roads, many drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the car in front, so if that car brakes, they hit them in the rear.
“When they do this there is more of a chance they will bump the car in front.”
She added that the stopping distance at 40 mph is 36 metres, equivalent to nine car lengths.