A very complete report from the BBC ranked the second city as the capital for ‘crash for cash’ scams.
According to an insurance group, 25% of its 3,000 crash for cash claims last year were in Birmingham, in particular the B11 area of Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Tyseley (BBC News, 2016).
Fraudulent crashes are usually ‘induced accidents’, where a fraudulent driver targets innocent motorists in order to claim whiplash compensation.
They also include ‘staged’ crashes, where two drivers purposely crash into each other and make it look like an accident.
“Induced accidents now account for nearly half of all organised motor fraud we detect”. (Tom Gardiner, Head of Fraud at Aviva)
Former West Midlands Police detective Neil Thomas said: “Birmingham is quite an obvious choice – it has been a hotspot for a number of years. There’s the high volume of traffic and also the road network”.
Research showed Leeds, Harrow, parts of London, Bradford, Luton, Coventry and Oldham were all in the top 10 hotspots.
Motorists should remain alert to induced accidents, especially in vulnerable areas.
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