Portland, OR- Have you ever been in an accident and felt like it was avoidable? Did something fishy about your accident? Did you feel like you were hit on purpose? Your suspicions might be right since accident scams are common, costing insurance companies is the U.S. $20 billion annually, according to the FBI. Most motorists, however, don’t realize they are being scammed, so USAttorneys’ team of accident lawyers in Oregon would like to discuss four common accident scams.
The most common scams, according to the Coalition against Insurance Fraud, are:
The Drive Down: The drive down is a type of scam that occurs when another motorist acts as though they are being courteous by allowing you to merge in front of them or get over into their lane. They may give you a wave of approval and let you pull in front of them only to slam into your vehicle. They will then place all the blame for you and file an injury claim.
The Good Samaritan: In the aftermath of an accident, many passers-by want to help accident victims out of genuine concern. But some people who stop at the scene—or cause the accident- whose purpose is to steer the victims to a particular doctor or clinic for medical treatment or push the victims towards a specific repair shop for auto repairs.
The Sideswipe: A side-swipe accident scam occurs when you are making left-turn in a dual turn lane. These turns can be tricky to make, and many motorists cross into the other lane for a brief moment or two. The scammer may see that as an opportunity to hit your car and then place the blame on you.
The Swoop and Squat: This type of scam usually involves several people and a couple of different vehicles. It occurs when one of the scammer’s vehicles “swoops” in front of your vehicle and brakes hard. The point is to cause a rear-end collision which you will undoubtedly be blamed for and asked to pay an accident settlement through an insurer or via a personal injury suit.
Some accident scams are very well-though-out and involve numerous people, and their sole purpose is to rip you and your insurance company off. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent a scammer from striking you, but you can take steps to protect yourself in the aftermath of a staged accident.
First, USAttorneys urges you to say as little at the scene as possible; share your name and insurance info and speak only to police. DO NOT agree to pay any money at the scene! What you need to do is speak with an accident lawyer in Oregon to investigate your accident and protect your interests.
Contact one of the lawyers at USAttorneys today. They are familiar with accident scams and can be relied on to ensure you don’t become the victim of fraud.

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