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We're told that accidents happen, but not every car crash is an accident. While you're trying to stay safe on the roads, some less scrupulous drivers are trying to scam money out of insurance companies by staging car accidents. (And these scams aren't just occurring in Asia or Russia.)
Luckily, many of these scams are similar and therefore more easily identified, if you know what to look for. Here are some of the more popular staged car accidents, and how to avoid them.
All the Road's a Stage
Scam victims and insurance companies have identified the most common staged accidents:
His Acts Being Faked Injuries
So how do you prove you've been the target of a staged accident? Obviously a dash cam with video footage of the accident would help, but it's not necessary. There are things you can do at the scene of the accident that will help your case.
Document the accident as completely as possible. Write down everything you remember, take pictures of the scene, and talk to as many witnesses as you can. (Be aware that the people staging the accident may plant their own witnesses.) And make sure you call the police and they make a full report of the accident so you have an official, and impartial, account of the accident.
If you think you've been set up in a staged accident or you've been injured in a car accident, you may want to talk to an experienced injury attorney today.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.