Telematics Thwarts £170,000 Bogus Insurance Claim

Telematics data captured by pioneering telematics provider insurethebox has thwarted a fraudulent insurance claim and saved more than £170,000, reinforcing the vital role of telematics data in combating motor insurance fraud.

A total of five individuals submitted claims following an incident involving a BMW 3 series (driven by the insurethebox policyholder) and a Mercedes ML in the Midlands in March 2013. The BMW hit the rear of the Mercedes when the Mercedes suddenly slowed down, allegedly caused by a vehicle in front abruptly braking.

The insurethebox policyholder presented a claim for the loss of his vehicle and his passengers submitted claims for injuries they supposedly sustained. Additionally, the Mercedes driver claimed for personal injury, also the loss of his vehicle and a raft of other alleged losses totalling over £30,000. His passenger also made a claim for personal injury.

However, the various versions of events presented by the drivers and passengers involved in the incident were inconsistent with one another. Combined with a wealth of other evidence (including telematics, engineering and documentary) the claims could not be proved and were dismissed by the Court, saving an estimated £170,000.

Suspicions were raised regarding the legitimacy of the claims at an early stage due to the extent of the damage alleged to have been suffered by the Mercedes. The data also showed the presence of two accident alerts within a 7 second period. Yet none of the accounts given by the 5 participants to the fraud mentioned any subsequent collision.

Some 3 years later, and only when he could no longer ignore the strength of the telematics data, the Mercedes driver attempted to explain the second crash alert. However, that explanation was itself disproved by further detailed analysis of the telematics data.

The telematics data also showed that the BMW driver actually drove past the Mercedes driver’s yard (where his business was based) 11 minutes before the alleged accident occurred. Since the Mercedes driver claimed he did not leave the yard until four minutes before the alleged accident, it caused the judge to question how the BMW ended up behind the Mercedes.

The case was heard before a senior Circuit Judge who, over the course of 2 days, evaluated the evidence from witnesses including the claimants, their medical experts and the forensic engineers, as well as an external telematics specialist.

“This is another compelling example of the power of telematics data and its success against fraudulent claims”, said Adrian Steele, Group Claims Director for insurethebox. “Of course, telematics alone cannot stop motor insurance fraud but its power should not be underestimated.

“At insurethebox we are excited about the potential telematics data offers to the industry in fraud detection capabilities. While the manual investment in looking at these claims is significant and important, the more telematics data is used to support claims management, the less the industry will remain a target for fraud.”

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