Types of Automobile Collision Fraud

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Types of Automobile Collision Fraud

  • Swoop & Squat -  "Swoop" vehicle swerves in front of "squat" vehicle causing "squat" vehicle to slam on its brakes, which causes a rear-end collision with the victim's vehicle.
  • Sudden Stop - "Squat" vehicle slows down to close gap between his or her vehicle and the victim's vehicle, then brakes suddenly causing a rear-end collision.
  • Backing - Victim's vehicle collides with suspect's vehicle while backing out of a driveway or while backing out of a parking space in a parking lot.
  • Pedestrian Vs Auto - Pedestrian intentionally walks into the path of a slow moving vehicle.
  • Right of Way - Suspect driver appears to give right-of-way to victim driver, usually in an intersection, causing vehicles to collide; suspect later claims no right-of-way was offered.
  • Phantom Vehicle - Solo vehicle crashes due to vehicle of unknown origin/description.
  • Hit and Run - "Hit and run" vehicle strikes victim's car and leaves scene of the collision.
  • Paper Collision - Parties conspire to create illusion of legitimate collision using either pre-damaged vehicles or by intentionally and covertly inflicting damage on the suspect's vehicle(s). Generally, law enforcement is not called to the scene of the collision.
  • Organized Ring - Collision orchestrated by organized criminal activity involving attorneys, doctors, other medical professionals, office administrators and/or cappers.  
  • Medical Provider - Medical provider inflates billing, knowingly submits bills with improper medical codes and misrepresents facts.