Although there can be little doubt that car accident claims still make up for a disproportionally high part of the workload of the average Scottish personal injury solicitor, recent analysis of British driver black box data has found Scottish drivers to be safer than everywhere else in the UK with the exception of North East England, the region which was found to have the safest drivers in the country.
In a finding that surely contradicts stereotypes of the safe south, drivers in the south-east of England were found to be the worst in the country.
The study could, hopefully, have an impact on the cost of insurance for Scottish motorists who use telematics products. "Consistently high or improving scores can lead to reductions in car insurance premiums as better driving results in a lower risk of being in an accident," said a spokersperson with Direct Line, the insurer behind the study.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research with the Institute of Advanced Motorists, believes that ultimately telematics technology could reduce the number or car accident claims in Scotland and the wider UK. This could be done, he said, by having insurers "tailor training courses based on each driver's individual failings".
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