Auto accidents are all too common across the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 Quick Facts publication, the most recent year in which data was reported, there were 33,561 people killed and more than two million people injured in motor vehicle collisions. Despite the dangers and potentially serious consequences, there are people who are purposely causing auto accidents. Staged accidents, as these types of wrecks are commonly known, are an increasing popular scam being used throughout the country. Scammers draw unknowing drivers into collisions and then file insurance claims for large payouts.
Common staged scenarios
Staged accidents are created to appear as though they were, like most motor vehicle accidents, unintentional. There are a number of common staged scenarios, however, that scam artists use to take advantage of unsuspecting motorists. These include: