Phoenix, AZ (WiredPRNews.com) A new poll released this week supports the belief that the majority of Americans side with car insurance companies in their opposition of emergency response fees, which are also often known as “crash taxes.”
The survey, commissioned by the Insurance Research Council, asked more than 1,000 Americans the following question: “Do you agree or disagree that local governments should charge accident response fees to those involved in traffic accidents?”
More than two-thirds of the respondents (about 68 percent) said that they disagreed that governments should charge the fees.
A number of coverage providers have expressed the same sentiment in recent years.
Insurers often receive the bills for accident response fees, which are not covered under traditional auto insurance policies. If insurers were to begin covering the fees, they argue, the size of the average claim would escalate and their profit margins would erode. Because of this, many say widespread implementation of accident-response fees would lead companies to raise their rates.
About a dozen states have taken action to stop the fees.
A number of Arizona auto insurance company representatives voiced their support of a ban when that state considered outlawing emergency response fees earlier this year. Their testimony, apparently, was effective, as Gov. Jan Brewer signed the preemptive ban into law on April 13.
The Arizona law was implemented before any cities in the state had even begun using crash-response fees.
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