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Research comprises creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. It is used to establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theorems, or develop new theories. A research project may also be an expansion on past work in the field. To test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. - source

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Accident Reconstruction Research: Automobile Accident Fraud

Automobile Accident Fraud

People commit auto accident fraud to collect from insurance companies for injuries never received or repairs never performed. Sometimes doctors and lawyers collude with "victims" to inflate a claim, make it more credible and pressure insurers to settle.

The four most common types of auto accident fraud are:

  • staged accidents in which the drivers intentionally collide;

  • caused accidents in which the criminal involves you in a wreck that is made to look like your fault;

  • auto repair shop fraud by billing for unperformed work or charging to replace parts that were merely repaired; and

  • faked accident reports.

Defenses Against Auto Accident Fraud

  • Don't put an insurance company decal or sticker on your car. It's a signal to people planning a caused accident that you have liability insurance.

  • Don't follow too closely, particularly when the vehicle in front of you has three or more passengers. (People who cause fraudulent accidents pack their cars to increase the dollar amount of the injury claims they will file.)

  • Watch traffic in other lanes. A common ploy is for a car in an adjoining lane to swerve in front of you and immediately brake. Again, watch out for nearby vehicles with three or more occupants. When pulling into traffic, give yourself plenty of room.

  • Compare the body shop's bill with the insurance adjuster's repair estimate. The amounts -- particularly the parts total -- should be fairly close.

Web Sites

  • National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is a not-for-profit organization that receives support from nearly 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. The NICB partners with insurers and law enforcement agencies to facilitate the identification, detection and prosecution of insurance criminals.

  • Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
    Fraud news, tips, facts, legislation, regulations and research.
  • Insurance Information Institute
    This section covers the efforts being made within the insurance industry and by lawmakers, law enforcement agencies and regulators to eliminate insurance fraud.

  • Insurance Research Council
    This section covers the efforts being made within the insurance industry and by lawmakers, law enforcement agencies and regulators to eliminate insurance fraud.

  • Insurance Fraud
    This site is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA).

  • Insurance Fraud Guide
    A guide written by a private investigator. Insurance fraud represents a multi-million dollar payoff industry, with less than five percent of all claims resulting in investigation and prosecution.

  • Fighting Insurance Fraud
    Information on preventing and combating insurance fraud provided by the Texas Department of Insurance.

  • Greentree Private
    Investigations firm specializing in insurance fraud and adjusting.

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