Advocates Want Tougher Laws for Staged AccidentsWritten by staff
Elected officials, AAA and insurance industry advocates recently urged the State Assembly to pass a law that would toughen penalties against those who stage car accidents.
The bill stipulates that anyone who causes a collision to commit insurance fraud would be charged with a class D felony and face up to seven years in prison.
Alice’s Law is named for Alice Ross, a 71-year-old Queens grandmother who was killed when others tried to stage a fake accident.
“Legislation like this is long overdue because we slowly have seen a crime turn into an epidemic,” said David Schwartz of NYers Stand Against Insurance Fraud. “That’s what we’ve seen with the amount of no-fault cases filed every year that have an element of fraud in them.”
The bill passed the Senate in March by a vote of 58-1.