Public Opposes Accident Response Fees

Just days after Kansas became the third state this year to ban or place restrictions on local governments charging accident response fees for emergency response services to traffic accidents, a new  study reveals  the majority of the  public opposes such fees.

The Insurance Research Council (IRC) study found that some 68 percent of adults disagree with the idea that local governments should charge accident response fees to individuals involved in traffic accidents.

Requiring insurance companies, rather than the individuals involved in an accident, to pay accident response fees had little impact on the level of support for accident response fees, according to the IRC.

When reminded that requiring insurance companies to pay accident response fees could lead to higher auto insurance costs, 69 percent of survey respondents disagreed with the idea of local governments charging accident response fees.

The study was based on telephone interviews with 1,012 adults countrywide conducted in January 2011 by market research firm Harris Interactive.

Interestingly, only one group, individuals between 18 and 24 years of age, were more likely to agree than disagree with the imposition of accident response fees, the IRC found.

The IRC study  is the latest in  a growing  number of  surveys  that indicate mounting public opposition to accident response fees.

Insurance Journal reports that some 13 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah – have now passed laws or resolutions prohibiting or restricting municipalities form charging accident response fees.

New York City recently scrapped a proposal to charge accident response fees under mounting public pressure.

Check out I.I.I. information on accident response fees.

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