Staged accident questionable claims increase, report says –

Insurance fraud may not seem like a major crime, but this is one of the main reasons companies increase your yearly fees because they pay out to those who weren’t entitled to damages or have staged their accidents.

According to a recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the number of staged accident questionable claims has risen by almost 46% from 2007 to 2009. At the same time, the number of bodily injury or personal injury claims has decreased.

According to the NICB, Miami leads as the state with the most staged accidents (3,006). New York follows with almost half (1,680) while California (1,619), Texas (792) and Illinois (443) complete the top five.

In terms of cities you need to look out for if you don’t want to be involved in staged accidents, New York City leads with 1,304, followed by Tampa (562), Miami (511), Orlando (422) and Houston (376).

The NICB also advises car owners to check out its video library with the most common staged accidents and its brochures detailing how you can avoid becoming a victim in the insurance scams of these people. Until then, be very careful when driving through Florida!

Source: NICB via MSN Money

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