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Old 02-20-2009, 12:22 AM   #1
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My Un-Accident

Maybe this is this guy's way to handle the recession....

I was carrying 650 pounds of stationary up the 580 freeway through Castro Valley towards Oakland and then to the Judicial Commission in San Francisco.

Traffic was moderate and I was tooling along at 64 MPH, on cruise control, in the number two of four lanes. No traffic in the left mirror and nothing visible in the right mirror.

ZIP! A black Mustang cut in front from the right, missing me by a few feet.

I had time to think; "Guess he wants to teach me a lesson. I wonder why?" Then, so close I couldn't see the license plate, he hit the brakes. I had time to think; " I wonder if he wants me to hit him?"

WHAM! I cruised right into him. I was on cruise control, you'll recall.

I recall him signaling me to follow him to the side of the freeway, as I put on the flashers, cleared, and moved right. As I did this I scribbled his license plate number; then as I parked I grabbed one cellphone and called 911, which put me through to the California Highway Patrol, and I reported what happened and requested an officer, then I used the Nextel phone to report in and tell my office to cancel the pick-up on my way and arrainge for someone to pick up my load if there was a time problem.

Meanwhile the agitated driver was signalling me to exit my truck and come to him. Then there was a tap on the window and a man handed me a note, stating he was a whitness. Maybe...the plot was thickening.

I got out and met the guy I'd hit, who, when I asked why he braked in front of me said the car in front of him braked and he had to, then he said, "you are at fault if you hit someone from behind."
Seemed to me like he was looking for money so I simply turned around and got back in my truck.

When the CHP arrived I suggested he take the information from the whitness, who had stayed, parked behind me, so he could be on his way, then he took my info and then talked top the Mustang driver. When he returned to me he said he had a little chat with the driver and pointed out that he "took away my cushion and it was impossible for me to keep from missing him." The Officer gave me a card with the case number and when I'd be able to go on-line and get the information.

He was talking to the guy as I left.

Strange day.

Scratched the bottom of the bumper of my pretty truck. Dammit!

Moral of the Story;
I'm sure this guy makes a living by getting people to hit him, then give him some cash to forget contacting Insurance companies, or worse making medical claims and all the rest. Keep an eye open in case someone does this to you.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:53 AM   #2
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passing on the right.....hmmm....interesting story....
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:13 AM   #3
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I had someone try this about a month ago while I was driving a friend's 1 ton van. Guy cut me off, then came to a sudden, complete stop. Thankfully my EVOC training kicked in, and I was able to stop. I'm sure he saw a 1 ton van and figured it was a commercial vehicle, and well insured.


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Old 02-20-2009, 04:34 AM   #4
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Well the insurance companies do have a rule of thumb that if the front of your vehicle hits the rear of someone else's vehicle it is your fault. But that is just a starting point, and is subject to the accident report(s) and police report(s). Make sure that the conversation gets recorded just like you wrote below, the guy will probably wind up with some legal (criminal) problems.

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Well the insurance companies do have a rule of thumb that if the front of your vehicle hits the rear of someone else's vehicle it is your fault.
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I could testify to this... After the cop issued me the ticket I asked, "So if I didn't attempt to hit the brakes the accident could have been worse but it may not have been my fault."
The cop replied, "In theory, yea."
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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Which is why it was wonderful the witness waited to give his report.
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Usually in scams like this they try to do it with several vehicles, and everyone involved gets a cut of the insurance money. Usually you would have the car you hit, a car that cuts them off, and a convenient "witness" that corroborates whatever the other party says. Also, the car that gets hit usually has many people in it, and they all file medical claims.

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Usually in scams like this they try to do it with several vehicles, and everyone involved gets a cut of the insurance money. Usually you would have the car you hit, a car that cuts them off, and a convenient "witness" that corroborates whatever the other party says. Also, the car that gets hit usually has many people in it, and they all file medical claims.

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ya or they go on either side of you so you cant swerve and car in front hits the brakes when you glance down or something
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refresher defensive driving tips...

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but there was an insurance scam (if you want to call it that) a few years back where the same thing would happen but it would be a van full of people.

these people were usually collected together for this reason and they would cut people off and slam the breaks...BOOM...then they would sue the insurance for medical bills, suffering, and so on.

they finally caught onto it as it happened more and more and several people confessed to being approached about doing this. the payouts were big as insurance companies didn't want to go to court and settled outside of court.

hopefully this witness that you had let the officer know what the real deal was. I really hope everything works out for you.
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