Highway code changes may cause ‘crash for cash’ scam chaos, according to expert

Last month saw a host of Highway Code changes come into force.

Despite hopes of safer roads following the rule changes, the updates are likely to cause chaos on the roads, according to expert.

Many motorists have been left confused as the road ‘hierarchy’ was altered, leaving many unsure about who has the right of way.

The changes have lead to a huge 500 per cent jump in dash cam sales as drivers rush to protect themselves from ‘cash for crash’ scams.

These potential scam incidents often involve pedestrians or cyclists who claim to be hit and injured by cars in order to submit a false insurance claim – reports The Express.

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There has been a 500 per cent increase in the same of dash cams.

However, evidence provided by dash cams helps drivers to avoid these types of claims and possible criminal convictions brought about by them.

Sales of the devices are now at a rate of one every 30 seconds in the UK.

Countries including China and Russia have seen a spate of the scams.

Bryn Brooker, Head of Road Safety at Nextbase, said: “There is widespread concern following these changes and misinformation is causing confusion and panic on UK roads.

“We want to ensure that motorists are aware of this new set of rules as there are some changes around the hierarchy for road users, pedestrian priorities as well as priority for cyclists and horse riders when cars are turning or at junctions.

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“There is a real risk that these changes are going to be exploited by criminals in crash for cash incidents.

“If drivers cannot provide they have legally acted, they will now take most if not all responsibility for financial damages and risk prosecution if they cannot provide that cyclists, pedestrians or e-scooter riders are at fault.”

Due to the Highway Code updates, car, van and lorry drivers will all have significantly more responsibility for the safety of other road users.

The foremost update was to introduce a ‘hierarchy’ of road users, putting pedestrians at the top, cyclists, motorbike riders and horse riders next, then drivers.

Where motorists cannot provide they legally acted in an incident, they could be responsible for the majority of financial damages and risk potential prosecution if they cannot provide that pedestrians, cyclists or e-scooter riders were at fault.

Mr Brooker added: “Many of the rules in the code are legal requirements, and to disobey these rules is to commit a criminal offence.

“We recommend drivers protect themselves by installing a dash cam into their vehicles to act as an independent witness.”

The problem is so bad in countries like Japan that insurance companies have drafted in artificial intelligence to help with the raft of fake claims.

The AI ​​technology can analyze people on camera to assess whether they are ‘acting’ injured or not.

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