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Mum of car crash victim: 'The pain is still as strong'

The mother of a bride-to-be who was killed in a road accident involving young drivers has told Good Morning Britain "the pain is still as strong" today as it was when her daughter first died.

Denise Tegg lost her daughter Carol four days before her wedding in a crash caused by young drivers racing, and said "something" needed to be done to keep road users safe from the accidents caused by 17-19-year-olds.

"I see my daughter's car burnt to pieces, and the bus, and my daughter inside it. Nobody, nobody, no mother should ever, ever have to go through that. Something needs to be done."

Govt: 'Carrying out further research' into young drivers

The Government is "carrying out further research" to fully understand why so many young drivers are involved in road accidents.

Speaking after the RAC found almost one in eight injurious accidents involved a driver aged 17-19-years-old, the Department of Transport said:

We know the number of young people being killed on our roads is far too high, which is why we want to do all we can to tackle this issue.

It is vital we strike the right balance between safety and not unduly restricting the freedom of young drivers, which is why we are carrying out further research to fully understand the issues before setting out how we proceed.

– Department for Transport spokesman

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RAC call for 'graduated driving licensing' for teenagers

Graduated driving licensing (GDL) could help combat the number of young people killed on Britain's roads, the RAC has said.

The breakdown cover and insurance company believed the following measures would help:

  • A minimum learner period.
  • Lower alcohol limit for young drivers.
  • Limits on the number of young passengers drivers aged 17-19-years-old can carry.
  • A late-night curfew.

Read: Young drivers involved in 'almost one in eight accidents'

Young drivers involved in 'almost one in eight accidents'

Drivers aged between 17-19-years-old are involved in almost one in every eight road accident in the UK, according to a survey from the RAC.

Read: Young drivers see fall in car insurance premium costs

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London had the smallest proportion of road accidents caused by young drivers, the RAC found. Credit: PA

Despite the high number of accidents caused by 17-19-year-old drivers, only 1.5% licenses were held by teenagers, the insurance company said.

The nationwide statistics released by the RAC showed 11.9% of accidents were caused by drivers aged 17 to 19, with the highest proportion of casualties in the Dyfed Powys area of Wales (18.2%).

This was followed by Gwent in Wales (17%), Cumbria and North Wales (15.8%), the northern and Grampian regions (15.7%) and Cornwall (15.5%). London had the smallest proportion (5.6%).

Covering the five years from 2008 to 2012, the survey work was commissioned by the RAC Foundation and carried out by transport research laboratory TRL.

Read: Driving age rise considered

Whiplash victim defends claims

Whiplash victim Gavin Redman said: "I've been injured three times. If you've been involved in an accident, it's not your fault, why should you be made to suffer. It's just not fair.

"Each time I've been injured I've been to see a consultant who's gone through quite a rigorous examination of me, told me to explain all my symptoms. He's then made the diagnosis of how long it's going to take me to get better, nobody else."

'Government wants to crack down on whiplash culture'

James Dalton, head of Motor and Liability at the Association of British Insurers said: "Half a million whiplash claims a year. That's about 1,500-1,600 claims a day.

"The reality is that that is driving up people's car insurance premiums and the government is today announcing a set of proposals, that it is putting out to consultation to really crack down on the whiplash culture."

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Doctors will need 'licence' to approve whiplash claim

An independent medical panel will be set up to accredit doctors who wish to act as insurance examiners.

Medics will need a licence to approve whiplash, Grayling will say Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The system is designed to prevent doctors being faced with unfair pressure to support fraudulent claims.

The threshold for small claims courts is being raised from £1,000 to £5,000, so that they can handle all but the most serious cases.

It will also include banning "referral fees" where companies can profit from selling on someone's personal injury claim and stopping claims management companies from offering money or goods as an inducement to make a claim through them.

They will include rebalancing no-win no-fee deals so losing defendants will no longer have to pay a success fee or legal insurance premium to the claimant's lawyer.

Today's consultation complements law changes which will come into effect in April 2013.

New curb on whiplash fraud 'will help genuine claimants'

We are pleased that the Government recognises that tough action is needed to protect honest motorists from the UK's whiplash epidemic. For too long, whiplash has been seen as the "fraud of choice".

More effective diagnosis of whiplash will help genuine claimants get paid out quickly and reduce the scope for fraud, so helping to ensure that honest motorists do not end up footing the bill for the cheats through higher insurance premiums.

– James Dalton, head of motor and liability at the Association of British Insurers

Whiplash claims 'add £90 a year' to car insurance bill

Whiplash injury claims cost insurers more than £2 billion last year - adding around £90 to the cost of a typical car insurance policy, the AA has revealed.

The AA said that, over the past two years, claims for whiplash injury contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded.

There has been a reported 60% rise in personal injury claims related to road accidents since 2006, despite vehicles becoming safer.

And a 20% reduction in the number of reported accidents over the same period.

Justice Secretary: 'Whiplash epidemic must be stopped'

For too long honest drivers have been bearing the price of a system that has been open to abuse and it is time for that to change.

We are proposing action to support effective whiplash diagnosis by medical experts and to simplify procedures which will help bring speculative or fraudulent claims before a judge - so genuine claims can still be settled but fraudsters are left in no doubt there will be no more easy paydays.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
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