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Public Auto Accident Reports Could Become Temporarily Secret

Updated: 03/13/2014 7:41 AM
Created: 03/12/2014 9:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Winkler

Medical services providers, loan companies, and attorneys can purchase auto accident reports almost immediately after reports are filed.

They use the reports to identify accident victims and solicit business from them.

However, insurers say some of the advertisements are misleading or even fraudulent. It's why insurers want to delay the public release of these reports for 90 days.

Trial attorneys say reducing their ability to advertise is not fair and say a delay could lead to quick settlements between insurance companies and victims, who may not fully understand their rights.

Critics also say the bill is written in a way that could delay the release of all incident reports.


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