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Being involved in an automobile collision of any type is an unsettling experience, especially when it is intentionally caused as part of a scam. Con artists will stage crashes with the intent to profit from the insurance claims. These dishonest individuals will go to great lengths to plan these situations and may even plant false witnesses near the collision site. Our Miami personal injury attorneys have put together a list of common schemes to be on the lookout for while driving. 

Quick stop

In this scenario the corrupt individual will pull in front of a driver, waiting for the ideal moment to stop suddenly, causing the innocent person to rear-end the car in front of them. On interstates, this type of hoax can involve additional vehicles to ‘box in’ the victim and prevent him from swerving and avoiding the wreck.

The Courtesy Wave

A driver is waived into merging traffic by a criminal who then accelerates and intentionally collides with the first vehicle. Similar situations may arise in parking lots or anywhere that traffic occurs. As a result, the driver with a clear record will be held responsible for injuries and damages of the dishonest individual. 

Side-By-Side Turn

This type of scheme involves two cars turning side-by-side at an intersection with a dishonest individual purposely colliding into another car while completing a left-hand turn. Fictitious witnesses can be positioned at the intersection to validate the story of the criminal, placing the guiltless driver at fault. 

What to do after an accident

Following a wreck, the first action that should be taken is to call the police to file a report. With the occurrence of any car accident, immediate medical attention should be sought by those involved. If there are any impartial witnesses who saw what took place, their statements need to be collected for the report taken at the scene. Additionally, pictures or video evidence of all vehicles related to the accident should be collected for personal records. This documentation may be used at a later time if the case goes to court. 

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a car accident scam, contact the Miami personal injury attorneys today at Graham Legal, P.A. for a free consultation. During the initial meeting, our attorneys will discuss the details and can discern if there is a valid claim to be taken to court.

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