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KBS 2019 Spring Series of Research Seminars 'Whiplash Detection - An Investigation of Road Traffic Accidents and Minor Personal Injuries'

The KBS 2019 Spring Series of Research Seminars continues tomorrow, Tuesday 9 April at 1pm, in KB1-15 with a presentation by Darren Shannon ‘Whiplash Detection - An Investigation of Road Traffic Accidents and Minor Personal Injuries’ All Welcome
The prevalence of motor insurance claims in Ireland and the UK have increased considerably in recent years despite a concurrent decrease in road traffic accidents. A significant number of these are minor ‘whiplash’ claims, wherein individuals seek compensation for soft-tissue injuries to the neck and spine caused by abnormal external motions or forces. The high whiplash claim rate has had a negative impact on motor insurance costs, judicial processes and medical interventions. There is established evidence of a link between claim filings and the recovery time of minor whiplash, suggesting that compensation proceedings are subject to exaggerated or fraudulent reports of injuries. This analysis poses a fresh approach to whiplash determination by investigating the characteristics of a road traffic accident (RTA) that result in whiplash. The results of this feasibility study offers clarity on the roles that a number of variables play in causing injuries consistent with whiplash, which can in turn be implemented to aid insurers and medical practitioners in detecting exaggerated or fraudulent cases of whiplash.
Darren Shannon is a PhD researcher for the Emerging Risk Group (ERG) and College Lecturer in Quantitative Finance at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He is directly involved with the EU-funded VIDAS and Cloud-LSVA research projects, which both seek to map out the impact of the ascending autonomous vehicle industry.
Darren’s research focus is centred on the econometrics of road traffic accidents, as well as studying the effects that emerging advancements in self-driving technology will have on the motor insurance industry. His latest project introduces a ‘whiplash’ detection system, which will aid insurers in detecting fraud and alleviate burdens on the medical care system.