updated 3/22/2010 2:00:00 AM ET 2010-03-22T06:00:00

With Britain emerging from one of the worst winters on record, insurance firms are counting the cost of a spate of claims from motorists affected by adverse weather.

As the country recovers from the worst cold spell for more than 30 years, the Association of British Insurers have released figures which reveal that payouts from the motor insurance sector have reached almost GBP 400 million, from a total of 268,400 claims.

Throughout December, January and February, snow and ice caused havoc on Britain's roads, with many parts of the country brought to a complete standstill. Local authorities struggled to effectively treat highways and those who were brave enough to venture out were met with treacherous conditions. A spokesperson for motor trade insurance brokers Flint Insurance explains:

"Over the winter months, Britain has experienced an unprecedented amount of snow and ice, which has created hazardous conditions for many motorists. Unsurprisingly, this has led to many motor accidents, which have been caused by drivers losing control of their vehicles and also due to damage which has occurred as a result of pot holes, due to poorly maintained roads."

Continued:

"The Government must take some responsibility for this, as most local authorities offered woefully inadequate provision for the treatment of icy roads, which could have prevented many of these accidents from happening."

Flint Insurance are an independent insurance broker, based in Harrow, Middlesex. With over 30 years' experience in the trade, they can offer a range of cover for businesses as well as personal insurance including specialist lady driver insurance for clients throughout the UK. By using a panel of over 35 insurers, they can provide the most appropriate and cost-effective cover for their clients.

For further information, please visit: www.flintinsurance.co.uk or call 0800 021 4501.

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