In a recently published report covering 2007-2009, the non-profit National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says that more and more people are attempting to extort illegal settlement money as the result of causing a variety of "staged" accidents that involve innocent victims. The NICB data indicated that staged accident questionable claims (QC) increased by 46 percent during that two-year period. It also found that the ratio of staged accident QCs to overall bodily injury (BI) and personal injury protection (PIP) claims increased over that same time window even though the total number of BI and PIP claims declined.
According to the NICB research, the five states that generated the greatest number of these staged-accident claim scenarios were Florida (3,006), New York (1,680), California (1,619), Texas (792) and Illinois (433). Topping the cities list were New York City 1,304), Tampa (562), Miami (511), Orlando (422) and Houston (376). The complete staged-accident questionable claims report is available online at www.nicb.org as are a host of other auto theft and fraud awareness prevention guides.