A staged collision is no accident. A collision scenario can be mimicked regardless of the number of vehicles or occupants reported, the events reported, or the resulting damages and injuries.
Fraudulent collisions may result in real but unintended serious injuries to participants, bystanders and emergency response staff. These schemes pose a serious safety risk and create costs that are paid for by the general public.
Staged or caused collisions can a tactic of organized criminal groups. After staging a collision, a criminal ring will seek to maximize profits from their scheme by creating multiple insurance claims, for instance:
By requiring police, ambulance and fire personnel to attend a staged collision scene, limited resources – which could have responded to legitimate emergencies – are wasted. When drivers and passengers visit hospital emergency rooms or other public care facilities to legitimize false injury claims, care is delayed for other patients.
Here are some tips if you've been involved in an accident (legitimate or a potential scheme).
Call the police if:
If it's safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road. If you can't drive your vehicle, turn your hazard lights on, or use cones, warning triangles or flares.
Things to Keep in Mind
Regardless of the circumstances, never:
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