It is an unfortunate reality, but car scams happen here in Spring, Texas and the surrounding areas. While an auto accident is a stressful, frustrating, and scary situation, some people intend to make money by staging a collision and submitting a phony claim. At LMC Complete Collision & Automotive Repair, we believe that knowledge of these scams is the first step in preventing yourself from falling victim to them, so we’ve listed the most common types of staged car collisions and how you can avoid them:
- Swoop & Stop
In this type of staged collision, a car in front of you will suddenly slam on their brakes. While this happens, two other cars will pull up alongside you in order to “box” you in and prevent you from swerving away to avoid an accident. The best way to avoid this type of scam is to ensure that there is always plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. This will give you time to brake and avoid hitting the car, even if you are surrounded by the two other cars.
- T-Bone Accident
This staged collision is a risk when you are at an intersection. In a T-Bone Accident, a scammer will wait for you to proceed through an intersection, then hit the gas pedal to run into the side of your vehicle. Often times, they will have staged cars around the scene to act as phony witnesses to the event and say that you were the one who ran the intersection. To avoid this kind of scam, always proceed with extreme caution at intersections. Additionally, take a look at your surroundings when stopped. If you notice that there are parked cars around the area with no real purpose there, it may be a red flag and signal that you need to drive extra defensively.
- The Wave
This scam involves another driver waving at you as a signal that you can switch lanes and get in front of them. As you begin to drive into the other lane, the scam artist will accelerate, causing you to crash into their car. The best way to avoid this staged collision is to rely on your common sense. If another driver begins signaling you to another lane for no apparent reason, they may be trying to stage this type of collision. Simply keep in mind that you are not obligated to switch lanes, and continue driving in the lane you are in.
- Dual Turn Sideswipe
For this type of staged collision, a driver takes advantage of a duel turn lane. When you are making a turn, the driver will look to see if you drift out of your lane and take advantage by ramming into you. To take measures to avoid this, ensure you have maximum control over your vehicle and proceed slowly and carefully to avoid drifting from your lane. Pay attention to where your car is heading and keep both hands on the steering wheel to provide you with the greatest amount of control over your steering.
While most collisions are accidents, there are scams that involve creating one on purpose. It is unfortunate, but it can be prevented by taking the proper driving measures. However, if you have been involved in an auto collision, LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair can help. We offer high-quality collision repair and automotive services to the Spring, Texas area. Give us a call at (281) 651-7766.