Bodywork damageSan Antonio, TX- A car accident, even if it is minor, can leave a person feeling the vulnerable and anxious because there is a lot to worry about. There is the matter of damages and injuries which means an insurance claim and the possibility of a personal injury suit. With so much to think about at the scene, many Texas motorists may not notice they are being scammed; they are unaware that the accident they were just in was staged to rip them and their insurance company off.
According to the FBI, accident scams cost U.S. auto insurance companies about $20 billion annually. Common traits of Staged accident scammers demand high dollar settlements even though their injuries are minor and their injuries are minor. Our team of accident attorneys in Texas are familiar with the prevalence of staged collisions and how it can impact all Texas motorists—namely through increased insurance premiums. They hope that by identifying the more common types of accident scams you may be able to avoid them.
According to the Coalition against Insurance Fraud, these are four most common accident scams:
The Good Samaritan: This scam involves individuals that approach victims at the scene of the crash or contact them shortly after the accident to try to convince them to go to a particular doctor for medical treatment. Or push motorists towards a particular repair shop to fix their autos.
The Drive Down: This happens when another motorists, appearing to be courteous, allows you to merge into heavy traffic in their lane of travel. They indicate they are giving a motorist the right of way and wave them in front only to strike their car. The seemingly courteous motorist then blames you for the accident and makes a personal injury claim.
The Swoop and Squat: This accident scam occurs when a scammer’s car “swoops” in front of the target’s vehicle and suddenly slams on the brakes. Then point is to cause a rear-end collision which the targeted individual will surely be blamed for and forced to compensate the victims in the “swoop” car.
The Sideswipe: These accidents typically happen when you are making a left turn in a dual-turn lane. Your car drifts into another lane for a brief moment when the driver in the other left-turn lane sideswipes you then claims the collision is you fault.
There are a few things you can do to avoid being the victim of a staged accident—or, legitimate accident, for that matter—like keeping a safe distance between you and other cars, not following too closely; keeping your eyes on the road and don’t agree to settle your accident at the scene. Don’t negotiate anything at the scene or share more with the other parties involved than absolutely necessary.
All traffic accidents are common leaving thousands of Texans with serious injuries and many families grieving over loved ones. If you have been the victim of a traffic accident, USAttorneys urges you to contact an accident lawyer in San Antonio. They will examine the circumstances of your accident and help you decide if you should file a personal injury suit.

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