Motor blog: Behind the Wheel
Welcome to ‘Behind the Wheel’, the blog where our leading UK motor experts at Kennedys will steer you through all things motor in the legal sphere.
The sister publication to our Motor Webinar Wednesday series, this blog is where we share our thoughts, tips and opinions, react to recent developments and look forward to future trends.
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Official Injury Claim: emerging data and trends
Seven months since the launch of the Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal in the UK, more data is emerging every day as claims progress. Whilst early analysis of data can be misleading sufficient data to start forming conclusions is now present.
What does 2022 hold in store for motor claims in the UK?
While the pandemic continues to present challenges for both the management and progression of motor liability claims, we delve into some of the wider trends we’ve been seeing that look set to continue this year.
Intoxicated passengers: each case will turn on its own facts
The tragic case of Campbell v Advantage Insurance Company Ltd  is a cautionary tale of the perils of over-exuberance and recklessness.
Whiplash reforms and independent witnesses: early contact and inference from absence?
The new rules allow an insurer 30 working days to make a decision regarding liability. If no decision is forthcoming they are deemed to admit liability and where liability is denied in part or in full they will need to provide their policyholder’s version of events. This must set out exactly why liability is disputed and must be supported by a statement of truth.
Will whiplash become a thing of the past?
What a few weeks it’s been since the long awaited whiplash reforms finally gathered some momentum again. When the rules first landed in my inbox, I remember thinking finally we have some light at the end of the tunnel but that clarity was short-lived as we delved deeper into the rules, engaging with colleagues and clients alike to consider the potential areas of friction.
It's all systems goWith the new Official Injury Claim (OIC) portal launching soon, and operating alongside the existing MoJ portal, there will necessarily be a new layer of complexity for claims teams to consider.
Anyone else starting to feel like Donald Rumsfeld?
Another week of whiplash reforms and the picture is perhaps no clearer than a week ago.
Helping you gear up for the “seismic changes” to low value RTA claims in England and Wales
As Ian Davies, our head of motor, said following the announcement of the new Pre-Action Protocol, Practice Direction and rule changes underpinning the whiplash reforms: “The market is now set for a frantic three months of development to ensure systems are in place to deal with the claims from 31 May under the new regime”.
More questions than answers on the whiplash reforms
It has been a fortnight now since the long awaited whiplash reforms landed. What a busy few weeks it has been and the next few weeks show no sign of slowing down either.