Certain people in Las Vegas have recently gone down a path of shady actions to perform insurance fraud, preying on 18-wheelers to cause rear-end collisions.
There have been as many as 100 suspected staged accidents in the past 2 1/2 years, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. 25 of those have involved the big tractor-trailers, seems a bit odd I would say.
While a big rig doesn’t sound like something anyone can necessarily “prey” upon, the trick is actually pretty simple. These people pull in front of a truck quickly, and before it can create the space it needs to brake safely these people slam on their brakes.
In addition to carrying loads of goods across the country, these big trucks also carry loads of insurance coverage. And we don’t need to explain why an 80,000-pound behemoth lacks the physical ability to stop as quickly as a small compact car. After the criminals have been rear-ended, they claim injury and collect the cash.
However, these criminals have taken things a step further by filling the fraudulent cars with one of two kinds of passengers – the willing and the unknowing. In either case, the point is to create multiple claims and, thus, more money. Willing participants — we’ll call them meth-heads for short — receive a cut of the insurance money and have often been identified at more than one accident scene. The unknowing – well, they’re often immigrant workers who are picked up and told they’re being driven to a job site.
While the police are concerned about insurance fraud, they’re thinking what you’re thinking: Let’s not get anyone killed out there. Trooper Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol said that many of the participants have no idea what they’re doing.
“In some cases, we are coming across the same people at different accident scenes,” he said in a statement. “They use different cars and different names, but we collect every bit of information, and that’s a red flag that these are willing participants being paid to participate.”
There’s huge potential for additional injuries here, including causing more accidents behind or in front of the truck. And what if the truck driver swerved or flipped? A line of stabbed brakes behind the tractor-trailer could be devastating. All the more reason to be extra careful and cautious when sending out your fleet everyday. With this increased crime that has been going on over the past few years there is no better time then now to invest in an in-vehicle camera from Safety Track.