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What do I do if someone intentionally hit me with their car?

Dec 15, 2021

If you were involved in a serious car crash, it may leave you and your family scrambling. If a preliminary investigation reveals that someone intentionally caused the accident, you may not know where to turn for help.

Why would someone do this? Knowing some reasons why a person may want to intentionally crash into another vehicle may shed some light on the situation.

Why would someone purposefully cause an accident?

One reason people may purposely crash their vehicles is to hurt themselves or try to garner attention. Unfortunately, this endangers the lives of others nearby, such as other drivers and passengers, pedestrians and families of anyone involved.

Someone may intentionally crash their vehicle hoping to collect insurance benefits. This person may try to cause damage that makes it look like another driver is at fault. A pedestrians may try to scam a driver by pretending they were hit by the driver’s car and seriously injured.

Proving that someone was purposely speeding or driving recklessly can help accident victims show that the driver was intentionally trying to cause harm. According to WCNC Charlotte, a staggering 1,659 people died in car crashes in 2020 which is up 10% from 2019. Authorities blame the increase on a growing number of motorists who feel invincible and see no harm in driving irresponsibly.

Taking action

For victims of an intentional accident, no amount of repayment can ever satisfy the trauma that was caused. However, they can turn to a legal professional to help them fight for justice. And, there are a few things they should do to help their case. According to U.S. News, victims should get a copy of the investigation report of the accident. They should document what happened before their memory fades including taking photographs of the accident scene, gathering names of witnesses and getting the other driver’s insurance and contact information.

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