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NW Indiana Car Accident Lawyer | Have You Been Involved In A Staged Accident?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

NW Indiana car accident lawyer discusses some of the signs that you have been a victim of a staged car accident.

When I used to defend insurance companies in Florida, we would come upon staged accidents all the time. One of the benefits of staging an accident in Florida was the no-fault law that provided up to $10,000 in PIP (medical care) benefits.  Healthcare clinics were owned by criminals, accidents would be staged, and then 5 or so people would claim that they were injured in the crash – allowing the clinic to bill upwards of $50,000.

Yahoo recently published an article providing the 5 signs that you may have been involved in a staged accident:

  1. Sudden Stop:  The car in front of you stops suddenly for no apparent reason or quickly moves into your lane and stops suddenly.
  2. A car comes out of nowhere at an intersection: This frequently happens when the unsuspecting driver makes a right hand turn.  A car that is parallel parked or in a driveway pulls out causing the crash and claiming that the driver ran the stop sign.
  3. You're approached by a runner:  After an accident a person comes up to you and tries to solicit you to go to a certain lawyer or certain clinic.  Running is illegal.
  4. Jump-Ins: This technique usually happens in cities where there is a higher population.  After the crash, people will jump-in the car and claim they were passengers.
  5. A lot of witnesses: I've been practicing for a while now and I very rarely see car accidents with a number of witnesses or at least witnesses that are willing to come forward.  If there are a bunch of witnesses that show up with a story completely opposite from your story – you should be suspicious.

Nothing good comes out of staged accidents.  For people who are legitimately injured in car accidents – insurance adjusters become hardened and suspicious of all claimants because they've been burned in the past.  For all of us – phony claims make rates go up.

If you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana car accident claim, you can call our Michigan City car accident lawyer at (219) 874-4878 .

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...


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