HAVANA, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater are getting a first-hand look at the kind of staged automobile accidents that are costing Floridians millions of dollars on their insurance bills.
The governor and CFO are set to witness a live demonstration Thursday at a law enforcement academy just outside Tallahassee.
Scott has called on lawmakers to find ways to improve the state's Personal Injury Protection system. Florida leads the nation in staged accidents and abuse of the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) system.
Lawmakers passed PIP coverage in 1972 to make sure anyone hurt in an automobile wreck could timely medical treatment. The legislation required a driver's insurance company pay up to $10,000 to cover medical bills and lost wages after an accident - no matter who's at fault.