North Carolina #8 In Car Accident Insurance Fraud & Staged Accidents
Unfortunately, according to a new report, North Carolina has the eighth-highest rate of car accident insurance fraud in the nation. The National Insurance Crime Bureau released car accident staging and insurance fraud rates this week and reported that North Carolina had 2,194 instances of staged auto accidents and faked car insurance claims. Nationally, the rate of staged car accidents rose 5.8 percent, with 74,676 questionable claims filed in 2009.
Staged accidents and fraudulent car accident insurance claims don’t just hurt the insurance company – they take money away from those who honestly need compensation for their car accidents and car accident injuries. Fraud claims can cause higher premium rates and cost insurance company hours of time better spent on real car accident victims. In other cases, car accident staging could involve one scammer and one innocent driver – someone who is hit by another car and then accused of being at fault for the accident.
If you think you have been involved in a staged car accident, call the police and your insurance company immediately.