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Watch out for these 3 car crash scams

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2021 | Car accidents

There are all kinds of car accident scams that can happen. If you are a victim of one, then it’s important that you are able to show that the other party caused your collision and led to the injuries you’re suffering from today.

It is unfair, but there are people who try to cause accidents in order to make a fraudulent claim. Here are some of the scams to be aware of.

  1. The wave

One of the dangerous crash scams that people use is called “the wave.” With this scam, the driver will notice that you want to switch lanes or see that you’ve all arrived at the intersection around the same time. The driver, who knows that they have the right of way, will wave at you to say you can go ahead.

At that point, the driver suddenly accelerates and hits you. They’ll claim that you went into their path when it wasn’t safe to do so, blaming you for the collision.

  1. The swoop and stop

Another crash scam is called the “swoop and stop.” It gets this name because one vehicle gets in front of yours to block you. Then, another vehicle will come up beside you to prevent you from swerving out of the lane. The vehicle in your lane then slams on their brakes. This leads to a crash that you may be blamed for.

  1. The brake slam

Finally, there is a scam called the brake slam. During this scam, a vehicle suddenly swerves into your lane and slams on its brakes. They do this suddenly so that you have no time to stop.

All three of these scams could lead to you being involved in a serious collision. If that happens, then you may suffer injuries at the same time as when the other driver claims that you’re responsible. This could slow down your claim and make it harder to get the money that you need.

You have an opportunity to fight back, though. Your attorney can look deeper into the situation and determine if the other driver was being negligent or reckless. Your experience is not uncommon, so it is possible to argue for compensation due to others intentionally causing a collision.