Auto insurance fraud in Florida increased by 58% last year, according to the Courant blog & insurance news source. Although no direct link has been found between economic decline and staged car accidents, the blog writers believe that changes in the economy have led more people in Florida to take part in staged accidents in order to obtain money from insurance claims. Do the numbers really show a dramatic increase in auto insurance fraud? According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the total number of Questionable Claims referred to the bureau increased by 15% from 2008 to 2009, with the number of suspected staged auto accident claims increasing by 58% from 2008 to 2009. The NICB also links the economic downturn to the increases in Florida insurance fraud, stating that many participants in staged crashes may be looking for ways to earn “quick cash,” despite the fact that they may be at risk of “arrest, injury, and even death.”
What exactly does insurance fraud have to do with drivers in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach Counties? Simply put, danger. The risk of injury to an innocent party during a staged car accident is high. No matter what type of Broward, Palm Beach, or Dade County accident you or a family member has been injured in, feel free to contact Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer David Benenfeld for free resources and answers to your pressing questions.