Aviva Canada reminds drivers of how to identify staged collisions
TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - "It has to stop. Staged collisions are
extremely dangerous and are costing Ontarians too much," said Greg
Dunn, Executive Vice President of National Claims for Aviva Canada.
Aviva Canada is applauding the work of the Toronto Police Service (TPS)
after they laid charges against four individuals involved in allegedly
staging an auto accident. The purported collision in the city's west
end resulted in over $45,000 in claims costs to two automobile
It is alleged that in January 2012, four individuals participated in a
staged auto collision between two vehicles at the intersection of Dixon
Road and Martin Grove Road in Toronto. After illegal activity was
suspected, the insurers involved in the claim, Aviva Canada and The
Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, retained engineers to
reconstruct the reported accident and determined that one of the
vehicles had apparently deliberately rammed the other multiple times.
The vehicle insured by Aviva contained two occupants who both had
medical treatment costs submitted on their behalf by a west end Toronto
clinic. Evidence collected during the investigation revealed that the
vehicle occupants were asked to sign multiple treatment plans by
employees at the clinic. The investigation into the clinic involvement
Charged by TPS are:
Driver in vehicle number one, Rakio Shire, with public mischief, fraud
over $5,000, uttering a forged document and conspiracy to commit an
Passenger in vehicle number one, Ramla Shire, with attempted fraud under
$5,000, uttering a forged document and conspiracy to commit an
Driver in vehicle number two, Sheeraz Qureshi, with public mischief,
fraud over $5,000, uttering a forged document and conspiracy to commit
an indictable offence; and
Passenger in vehicle number two, Justin Wansbrough, with attempted fraud
under $5,000, uttering a forged document and conspiracy to commit an
Aviva Canada has submitted an official complaint with the College of
Chiropractors of Ontario against the chiropractor employed at the west
end rehabilitation clinic.
Aviva Canada wants to warn all drivers that staged collisions do not
only involve willing participants. These types of collisions also
involve unsuspecting drivers that are either purposefully hit or
deliberately put in scenarios where collisions are inevitable or more
If you suspect that you have been in, or affected by, a staged vehicle
accident, contact your insurance broker, insurer or the Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC) immediately. IBC has a dedicated phone line:
1-877-IBC-TIPS or you can visit ibc.ca for more information.
What to look for in a staged collision
Being driven into after being waved on by a driver
Immediate stop or sharp breaking ahead of your vehicle for no apparent
Staged accidents usually involve older, salvaged or sometimes rental
To maximize the amount that can be claimed in medical treatment costs,
vehicles involved in staged accidents usually will contain multiple
Staged collisions often involve immediate claims of soft tissue injury
such as whiplash by most or all vehicle occupants.
Those knowingly participating in staged accidents usually discourage
others to call police to attend the scene of the collision.
"Putting others in unnecessary danger or bilking an insurance system
that millions of Ontarians support is illegal, abusive and reckless,"
continued Dunn. "We have committed to curbing insurance fraud to
protect everyone that supports this valuable system."
Building on already strong capabilities, Aviva Canada has stepped up its
tough approach to tackling fraud with more dedicated resources and an
investment in technology that aims to identify fraud and even
anticipate the potential for fraud before it happens. With an
industry-leading anti-fraud team in place, plus solid public sector and
industry collaboration, Aviva is well positioned to combat fraud better
than ever before. The impact of Insurance fraud in Canada is estimated
at over $1.6 billion dollars annually.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance
groups in Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle,
group and business insurance to more than three million customers. A
wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more
than 3,000 employees, 25 locations and 1,700 independent broker
partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest in positive change
including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's Initiatives, its
partner in Aviva's global Street to School program to help homeless and
other at-risk youth reach their potential.
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SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc.
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