TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today called on the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to pass Senate Bill 396, which curbs abusive practices associated with windshield glass repairs.
“Many people do not realize that the abuses associated with the assignment of insurance benefits also impacts motorists,” said PCI regional manager Logan McFaddin. “The number of auto glass repair shops trying to convince unsuspecting consumers to sign over their insurance benefits has grown exponentially over the past decade. Floridians deserve to have insurance benefits they can rely on without the stress of being preyed on by those looking to profit off their misfortune.”
According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, in 2006, approximately 400 auto glass AOB lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. In 2016, nearly 20,000 lawsuits were filed.
“PCI is encouraging the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to stop this abusive practice, and ease the escalating rates on Florida insurance policyholders,” said McFaddin.
SB 396, by Senator Dorothy Hukill, has also been referenced to the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, as well as Senate Rules Committee. Additionally, Representative Rene Plascencia recently filed HB 811, which is identical to the Senate bill.