Accidents happen daily in the state of Florida, but not all car accidents are truly “accidents.” While you may be doing everything in your power to stay safe while on the roads, there are some drivers who are less concerned with safety – and some who are even interested in the money they can get out of your insurance company by staging fraudulent accidents. Most of these staged car accidents are similar, so you can easily identify them if you know what to look for. If you suspect you are the victim of a staged accident, the driver may not only be criminally responsible, but they can also be held liable for your injuries and damages.
Common Types of Staged Accidents
There are several common types of accidents that are used to set up a victim. These include:
The Swoop and Squat – This is the most common tactic for staged accidents. It involves drivers in smooth-flowing traffic. A car will pull beside you so that you cannot change lanes, and then another car, this one in front of you, will hit their brakes unexpectedly, causing you to rear end them.
The Right Turn – This typically happens when you are at a stop sign and making a right turn. After you check both ways and begin to turn, a car that appeared to be parked at the curb will accelerate forward and hit the rear corner of your car. This driver then tells police that you ran the stop sign or pulled out in front of them.
The Wave – This is when a driver in another vehicle waves at you, letting you know to go ahead and change lanes in front of them. As you start to, however, they speed up and cause a collision with your vehicle. When police arrive on the scene, they deny that they ever gave you permission.
The Parking Lot – You are filling your car with items you have just purchased in a busy parking lot. A car pulls up and puts on their blinker, signaling they are waiting for your spot. You get in your car and slowly start to back out, but the car accelerates into the back of your vehicle. When police arrive, this driver will try to claim that you pulled out into traffic without looking, and deny that they were waiting for your spot.
Are You the Victim of a Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident – staged or not – contact a Daytona accident attorney at Vasilaros Wagner today. We can assess your case and help determine if you have a valid claim against the driver. To discuss your case over a no obligation consultation, contact our offices at 386-777-7777 or fill out an online contact form with your questions.