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Poll: 68 percent oppose accident response fees

Posted On Thu, May 26, 2011

Due to high debt levels and tight budgets, several municipalities around the country are charging residents accident response fees, which is where people involved in a collision are billed for the services rendered. But a recent poll suggests that an overwhelming number of people are opposed to the practice.

According to a survey conducted by the Insurance Research Council, when asked if governments should charge accident response fees, 68 percent said they should not.

Elizabeth Sprinkel, senior vice president for the IRC, said these fees are indecent.

"Efforts to fund emergency response services through accident response fees stand in direct conflict with the fundamental notion that certain government services should be paid for by all taxpayers - not just those who are unlucky enough to actually need the services," said Sprinkel.

The disapproval increased marginally when respondents were asked if auto insurance companies should foot the bill, perhaps leading to a jump in premiums.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, while most standard auto insurance policies cover medical payments, they may not include expenses for medical teams responding to an accident scene.

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