Avoiding car crash scams

Date: Sep 09, 2016

The world is filled with people who prey on the compassion and empathy of others. From fake phone calls to spam emails, there are a number of examples.

One of the oldest, yet most misunderstood is the car crash scam. While the ethics of such an action is obvious, it also takes away from people who have sustained a real car accident injury.

Swoop and squat incidents on the rise

In Australia, one of the most prevalent scams is the ‘swoop and squat’. This colloquialism refers to intentionally staged road accidents, the idea is that somebody will create a collision and then make a claim against you or against your insurance company.

The dangers of staging a collision are obvious, with the probability of sustaining a car accident injury high. In most cases, the ‘swoop and squat’ will be a read end collision. The scammer will drive in front of another and hit the brakes, knowing that the following car doesn’t have the time or space to avoid a crash.

Typically, people will look to roundabouts and off-ramps, using other parties to create an accident. Tailgating is also an opportunity to generate an accident. If a person is travelling too close, a quick tap on the breaks is enough to cause an error.

Real car accident injuries

Car accidents can lead to a number of major issues, including both financial and medical. Depending on your injuries, you could be facing a long time out of work, which can impact your ability to earn a living and pay for your medical costs.

For those who have suffered a real car accident, alongside medical assistance, you will also need to seek the expertise of a lawyer. At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we offer a no win no fee guarantee that can ensure money is no obstacle to your success.

Rather than taking payment from upfront costs, which can block some from making a claim, our lawyers attain remuneration from your successful settlement. If you would like to know more, contact an expert today. Call Gerard Malouf and Partners and get your claim on the right track.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.