IFP, Philadelphia to Set Up Accident Reporting Network

November 28, 2001

The Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania (IFP) and the City of Philadelphia have concluded a partnership with leading Internet provider CIBER, Inc. to create a web application to more rapidly view and receive the 70,000 auto accident police reports which are filed each year.

“The new online system will dramatically decrease the tile it takes for insurance companies and the citizens of Philadelphia to receive auto accident reports,” said the announcement. It has taken as long as 6 weeks to get reports, but they’re now going to be available immediately to “city personnel in the police department, the Department of Records and to insurance companies.” The general public can get the same reports on written request.

The IFP spearheaded the the effort to install the improved facility, which was backed by more than 25 insurance companies with contributions in proportion to their market share, including State Farms, Allstate, Erie, Progressive and Nationwide

John Doubman, secretary and counsel for IFP commented that reducing the delays involved in getting accident reports would make insurers less vulnerable to claims arising from processing delays and to fraudulent claims because of the lack of prompt information.

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