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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently signed a bill into law that makes staging an auto accident to steal insurance funds a specific crime.

Del. Dereck E. Davis (D) sponsored House Bill 1409, which limits access to police accident reports and makes it more difficult for criminals to recruit real crash victims into insurance schemes that involve fake injury claims. Only accident victims and reporters will be allowed to gain access to the reports up to 60 days after the crash.

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