If you are a commercial truck driver in New York or if you work for a commercial transportation company, you know that other motorists may try to put the responsibility for a crash on you even when you did nothing wrong. It is important for you to know about some of the common scenarios involving staged accidents or other incidents that may result in you being improperly accused of something.
As described by Automotive Fleet magazine, one maneuver known to be implemented when staging an accident is to have a driver accelerate in front of a truck and then stop or slow down suddenly. This is done to force the truck to hit the vehicle from the rear and try to put the onus for the accident on the trucker. Another trick often used by fraudsters is to have a driver wave or otherwise signal the right of way to a trucker. Once the trucker proceeds based on the other driver’s signal, that driver then runs into the truck and accuses the trucker of proceeding illegally and thereby causing the crash.
After an accident happens, truckers should be watchful for suspicious witnesses who were standing by only to corroborate a false story. Exacerbated or altogether fake injuries are another problem to look for.
If you would like to learn more about the types of situations that may occur in a falsified accident and how to defend your company and your drivers, please feel free to visit the staged truck accident and injury page of our New York trucking and transportation liability defense website.