Staged Car accidents endanger lives. And, they make innocent drivers feel that they’re at fault. With Illinois among the Top-5 states for Staged Car Accidents, we all risk being involved.
For Staged Car Accident scams, young women and older adult drivers are especially vulnerable. If you are talking or distracted, you’re a perfect mark. Frequently, an innocent driver is injured in the collision. Injuries from a staged accident can be life-changing.
As a Chicago car accident attorney who represents clients in car accidents and personal injury claims, I fight for victims every day. I also provide suggestions on how to avoid accidents and decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim. Here are a few defensive driving tips that will help you avoid being victimized by a staged car accident
Be Extra Alert.
A common tactic for a staged accident is for a driver to suddenly swoop in front of you and slam on the brakes – causing a rear-end collision. Be aware of this tactic. Leave plenty of stopping-room between you and the vehicle in front of you. You’ll be less vulnerable.
Extra-Care Exiting Parking Spaces.
Many staged car accidents involve low-speed collisions where drivers are pulling-out from the curb or backing-out of a parking-space. As you pullout, you get clobbered by a waiting car. In these situations, the innocent driver is especially vulnerable to physical injuries. Be extra aware. Watching for other vehicles as you exit makes you less vulnerable.
Extra-Care Changing Lanes.
Another common tactic for staged accidents is where a car swerves into the lane where you’re driving and causes a collision damaging the front-end of your vehicle. They claim that you are at fault — sometimes even having a witness nearby supporting their claim. Be aware of your surroundings and give yourself extra room to avoid the unexpected.
What To Do If You’re Involved in a Staged Car Accident.
Injuries caused by staged accidents can be extreme and life-changing. The innocent driver is especially vulnerable to physical injuries. If you’re involved in a car accident, I suggest the following:
Healthcare – Your health is always most important. Being examined by a physician should always be first priority.
Police – When an accident occurs, always call the police. After their investigation, the officer will issue a police report. A police report is very important to your case.
Unexpected Parties – Be suspicious of tow-truck drivers that you did not summon or passers-by who just happen to arrive on the scene – especially if they direct you to a doctor, lawyer, or tow-truck company. These individuals may be part of the scam.
Photograph Everything – Never leave the scene of an accident without photographs of the damage and location of the vehicles. Most cell phones today have cameras that you can use. Photographs will limit the possibility of damage and riders being added.
Statements – Never give a written or recorded statement to anyone other than law enforcement. Only your attorney is looking out for you.
Don’t Sign Anything – People representing others involved in the accident may ask you to sign waivers. Do not do it!
Make Notes – Write down what you remember happening as soon as possible in your private notes. Share these notes only with your attorney who will find them enormously helpful in holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
Hire an Attorney – If you are injured, you need an attorney experienced in Personal Injury cases. Do not wait. We can help you avoid mistakes that may weaken your case. We also can help you keep track your medial treatment, ensure that no legal deadlines are missed, and keep the case moving forward.
File Report – Notify your insurance company and provide the police report number.
We Help Victims.
The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law are knowledgeable and expert in representing those injured in car accidents. Auto accidents involving injuries are complex. Insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly-trained, skilled attorney to protect your rights. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Experience counts.
We make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you focus upon your recovery.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured in an automobile accident, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.