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Wednesday 10 August 2016


When considering a holiday abroad within the EU, check whether the country's courts are generous or mean on traffic accident payouts. That's because if you have an accident in another EU state and the other driver was to blame but uninsured, our Motor Insurers Bureau will pay you what the driver's insurers would have had to pay according to the law of where the accident occurred. 

The Supreme Court has just decided that it is the foreign level of compensation which will apply and not the English level. This is bad luck for the victim driver in the case as her accident occurred in Greece and you get lower compensation there than you would get in England. Perhaps stay in Macclesfield or Wigan and hope the drivers there take reasonable care and are usually insured.