Forty people will go to court on charges of insurance fraud and deliberately crashing into people
17 June 2008

Forty people will go to court this week charged with taking part in so-called “cash for crash” scams.The accused are said to have deliberately caused accidents by braking hard in front of innocent drivers, who are then deemed to be at fault. The fraudulent gang then submit invoices for vehicle damages and make personal injury claims to insurance companies.Most of the cons are said to have taken place around Luton.

Will Powell

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18 June 2008

That this worked and was clearly lucrative for the perpetrators suggests to me that people (in Luton at least) aren't leaving suitable distance between their car and the one in front. Shouldn't we all be far enough apart not to run into the car in front should it brake hard for whatever reason, deliberate or otherwise?

18 June 2008

I believe they also used the technique of pulling away at a roundabout, then braking suddenly. Normally the person behind would be looking to see if the roundabout is still clear and not at the person in front. I take your point that people should be leaving sufficient space, but next time you're at a roundabout see how much notice you give the car in front when you are looking at the traffic on the roundabout.

18 June 2008

It's something I'm very aware of, particularly when I am the car in front - I try very hard to avoid a 'false start' because of this. My mother's car was hit from behind at a roundabout by a driver who was so busy watching the gap in the traffic that she completely failed to notice the stationary car in front of her. I don't think she'd even started to pull away, the other driver just wasn't looking at all.

19 June 2008

Everyone is VERY AWARE of things until an accident happens. The scammers that set up this stop shunt thing should be sent to prison for many months. I am just recovering from a relatively small accident where upon an Iraqi driver decided to ignore all uk road rules and pull straight out in front of me.

I dread to think about the consequences to someones neck/shoulder after a set of complete idiots stop on purpose in front of their car.

It is time to get tough on these 4 letter abbreviated fools ( it begins with a C for the un initiated ) and put them in prison and crush their cars!!!

I am sick of reading and being a part of this--when will it ever end.....

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