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Organizations urge Florida legislators to reform auto insurance laws

Posted On Mon, February 21, 2011

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Florida were among the organizations urging legislators to significantly amend the state's no-fault auto insurance law. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 12 states have no-fault auto insurance policies.

The organizations called for several changes. Speaking to reporters, the assistant vice president for PCI, William Stander, said the legislature should cap attorneys' fees awarded for personal injury protection lawsuits, require policyholders to show up for medical exams so their injuries can be verified by the insurer and create a program that will allow a policy holder and an insurer to resolve disputes out of court.

Stander also told reporters that the exorbitant auto insurance fees Floridians pay are largely due to the "epidemic" levels of fraud occurring in the state.

"Floridians need to know that our state, unfortunately, continues to have the highest number of questionable or 'staged,' auto accident of any other state in the country," said Stander.

Stander said the groups have launched a website that will better inform consumers about just how prevalent auto insurance fraud has become.

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