The 'reforms' will come into force on Monday 31 May 2021
Commenting on the changes to the small claims limit for road traffic accidents coming into force, Gerard Stilliard – head of personal injury strategy at Thompsons Solicitors - said:
“The government has done its very best to sneak these new rules in with as little fanfare as possible.
“Most people will be completely unaware that, from Monday, if they are injured on the roads they face having to deal with a complex online portal relying on a 64-page guide described by the Association of Consumer Support Organisations as ‘legal treacle’.
“On Sunday those injured in a road accident will get a lawyer acting for them to ensure they get fair compensation. Those injured the next day face fighting insurers on their own.
“It’s no surprise that the government is keeping quiet about these changes given that it’s going to lead to delay, unfairness and a denial of justice. And, where there should be a cast iron guarantee that the £1.3bn the insurers are going to save will see lower premiums for motorists - something the government constantly paraded as the big promise as they pushed through these so-called ‘reforms’ - there is silence.
“The only people to gain from these changes will be cold callers and shareholders of insurance companies.”
Injured on the roads? Help and compensation is close at hand.
If you’ve been injured on the roads in the last three years, Thompsons Solicitors' expert road traffic accident solicitors can support you with making a road traffic compensation claim.
Whether you were the driver or passenger in a car, lorry, coach, van, bus, truck, on public transport or were injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, you may be able to claim for damages.
If you have suffered injuries such as whiplash, bruising or a more serious injury following a road traffic collision on the motorway, country lane or city roads, our solicitors across the UK are ready to help you to make a claim and access any rehabilitation you require.
Unlike other firms, Thompsons only ever acts for the injured person – never for insurance companies. This means we will fight harder to secure the maximum level of compensation for your injuries, and don’t need to please motor insurance paymasters.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation assessment of whether you have a claim for compensation following a road accident.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.