Car accidents can be dangerous, expensive, and sometimes deadly. Unfortunately, many scammers are out there to take your money by staging accidents. These drivers may claim injuries that you will have to pay for as well as car damages. Being aware and knowing what to look for can go a long way in understanding how to avoid accident scams.
The Courtesy Wave
You put on your turn signal to indicate that you would like to move into the adjacent lane. A driver in that lane waves you in. As you move over, the driver speeds up to cause an accident. When the police arrive, he proceeds to tell them that he never gave you a courtesy wave and the accident becomes your fault. You will probably receive a ticket for reckless driving and your insurance rates may increase.
The Brake Slammers
All of a sudden, the person in front of you slams on their brakes. The traffic is light and there wasn’t a dog that ran into the road. They just stop so you had no choice except to ram into their vehicle. Without a doubt, the police will cite you, not them. To avoid this situation make sure that there is adequate space between you and the vehicle in front of you, preferable one car length.
The Swoop and Stop
A car will swoop in front of you and stop suddenly. A collaborator will pull next to you, so that you cannot swerve out of the way. This causes you to bump their vehicle. When the police are called the witness, or collaborator, would say that it was completely your fault. In this case, it is wise to be alert for drivers who are behaving recklessly by wandering in and out of lanes and stopping without warning.
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