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Old 03-20-2016, 04:29 PM
 
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I used to drive a bright yellow VW beetle. One day I was on the 15 going to work in Primm. It was not at all crowded on the road. I was in the right lane driving 70, pretty much all by myself. A car came up really fast behind me. I was watching because it was a pretty boring drive. He pulled right in front of me and slammed on his brakes. I avoided rear-ending him by pulling onto the shoulder. I though he had a blowout or something. I drove past him and continued on. A couple miles down the road, I saw him behind me and he did it again! Pulled right in front of me and slammed on the brakes. This time I was prepared and I was able to stop in time.

I was pretty shaken up when I got to work. And luckily I had his license plate number! YAAAY me! I did call and report it but I have no idea if anything happened. My idea was to report it just in case he did it again and forced someone to hit him. And imagine my surprise when the Highway Patrol stopped by work to talk to me later that day. Turns out this is also a common scam when the freeway to Cali is pretty deserted. No witnesses!

This wasn't recent, probably a couple years ago.

I originally posted this in the Las Vegas forum. Just so it's not confusing to people who don't live there, the 15 is the freeway that goes thru Nevada to California and Siegel Suites is a weekly/monthly rental apartment with no credit checks or leases. It attracts a lot of people who would generally be called undesirable. Primm is a wide space on the road at the NV/CA border. All that's there is a couple casinos and an outlet mall.
Soooo, I guess I wouldn't be targeted in a 17-year-old car?
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Soooo, I guess I wouldn't be targeted in a 17-year-old car?
Wouldn't make any difference. They want to collect money from your insurance.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:11 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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I got into a very minor fender-bender in 2009 that I was assigned the blame for, even though the other driver was definitely at fault. The police officer absolutely refused to listen to me. A week later, I get a call from my insurance company that the other driver was claiming severe neck and back injuries and had retained a lawyer. This was a slight side-swipe at no more than 10 mph, mind you. The lady from the insurance agency told me to sit tight and she'd get back with me when the other driver provided the information they were requesting.

About a month later, she called me and said that although he did have two years to start the claim back up, but we'd probably not be hearing from him again. His lawyer had "fired" him. My insurance person said that the other driver had been in auto accidents in 2001, 2002, twice in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and had claimed back and neck injuries in each one. We never heard from him again. They didn't even pay a claim for damage to his car, either, as he wasn't the owner and the owner never responded to their inquiries.

Nice little scam if it works, huh?
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I got into a very minor fender-bender in 2009 that I was assigned the blame for, even though the other driver was definitely at fault. The police officer absolutely refused to listen to me. A week later, I get a call from my insurance company that the other driver was claiming severe neck and back injuries and had retained a lawyer. This was a slight side-swipe at no more than 10 mph, mind you. The lady from the insurance agency told me to sit tight and she'd get back with me when the other driver provided the information they were requesting.

About a month later, she called me and said that although he did have two years to start the claim back up, but we'd probably not be hearing from him again. His lawyer had "fired" him. My insurance person said that the other driver had been in auto accidents in 2001, 2002, twice in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and had claimed back and neck injuries in each one. We never heard from him again. They didn't even pay a claim for damage to his car, either, as he wasn't the owner and the owner never responded to their inquiries.

Nice little scam if it works, huh?
I think it's great the insurance companies are checking on this stuff!
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