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DON’T FALL FOR THIS COMMON SCAM

What is the SWOOP and SQUAT?

You won’t see swoop and squat on “Dancing with the Stars” or “America’s Got Talent!” swoop and squat

It is a form of automotive fraud. A swoop and squat happens when two cars block you in on your sides, then a third car swerves in front of you and brakes, causing you to rear-end it. The other two cars then drive off, leaving you at the scene of the accident with a busted car and looking liable for the accident. Often, the squat car is full of accomplices to the fraud who will insist they are injured, even in low speed accidents. They will then submit fraudulent insurance claims to your insurance company.

Another variant involves just one car, swerving in front of you and slowing down to cause an accident.

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The swoop and squat is highly prevalent in California and costs insurance companies millions of dollars every year. The prevalence of swoop and squat was discovered after an investigation following the death of Jose Perez in 1992.

Perez was a passenger in a squat car attempting to cash in on a commercial truck’s insurance policy. When the car he was riding in attempted the swoop and squat, the semi-truck smashed into the back of the squat car and then jackknifed. Perez was killed and another passenger was seriously injured.

 

How Do I Avoid Becoming the Victim of the Swoop and Squat Scam?

  • Realize that it can happen to anyone – including you.
  • Always be aware of the traffic around your car.
  • Avoid any vehicles that are behaving suspiciously.
  • If a suspicious vehicle gets into your lane, slow down and/or change lanes.
  • Always leave plenty of distance between your car and the cars in front of you. A good rule of thumb is to leave one car length ahead of your car for every ten miles per hour you are moving.
  • If you do get into an accident, document all aspects of the scene. Get every witness’s contact information and photograph all cars and drivers involved.
  • When driving in urban and metropolitan areas, be on high alert for this kind of scam.
  • If you drive a valuable car or a commercial vehicle, realize you are the most attractive target for this kind of scam.
  • Invest in a dashcam.
  • Report suspected fraud to the National Insurance Crime Bureau at (800) 835-6422.

Two killed in crash on Highway 46 near Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES, Calif. – Two people were killed Sunday morning after the vehicle they were riding in collided with another vehicle and rolled several times.

The crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. on California State Route 46 near Paso Robles.

According to witnesses at the scene, a Ford Expedition was traveling on Highway 46 when it ran a red light at the intersection of westbound Highway 46 and Buena Vista Drive. A small Honda car was turning north through the intersection when it clipped the rear of the Expedition.

The Expedition rolled multiple times across the highway and came to rest in the eastbound lanes.

A female passenger of the Expedition was ejected onto the highway and pronounced dead on scene. The male driver was also pronounced dead on scene.

Two additional passengers in the Expedition as well as the driver of the Honda were transported to Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo. A small dog riding in the Expedition was taken to a local veterinarian.

Police believe the two people that died were visiting from Coalinga.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene to investigate the crash.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s wrongful conduct or negligence in Lompoc, CA, you may have a right to a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. James McKiernan Lawyers encourages anyone who may find him or herself in such a difficult situation to contact an experienced Santa Maria personal injury attorney at 1-800-200-HURT (4878) for a free case evaluation. We only get paid if you get paid. Our offices are conveniently located throughout California.

At James McKiernan Lawyers, We work tirelessly to deliver accurate news about the California accidents that impact our readers and clients most. Although our goal is to keep people as informed as possible, we’d like to note the information we aggregate is obtained from a wide variety of nonaffiliated secondary sources. These include but are not limited to: Law enforcement agencies, press release, News articles, and websites.

As we publish and share accident information, we make all possible efforts to ensure its correctness, but for the aforementioned reasons, we cannot guarantee that our content is completely accurate. Although we generally respond to inquiries and requests to change, update or amend the content and articles that we publish, we cannot promise that we’ll be able to do so within a given time frame.

The articles and blogs that we share or post here and on social media are designed to serve solely as general information. They should not be taken to constitute legal, medical or any other form of express or implied advice. Similarly, they may not be applicable to your personal circumstances, situation or case. Any information referring to specific laws, statutes or legal actions reflects legal principles, but the laws that apply to you may differ based on your situation, jurisdiction or other factors.

CALL JAMES McKIERNAN LAWYERS (800) 200-HURT (4878) for a FREE CONSULTATION

1 person killed in 5-vehicle crash on Highway 46, CHP says

One person was killed Friday in a five-vehicle crash near Shandon that left an overturned semi-truck stretched on its side across Highway 46 East, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP responded to the crash about 2:25 p.m, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page. Other people involved in the crash suffered injuries, but they appeared to be minor, a CHP dispatcher said.

The crash occurred between Shandon and the rest area, next to the Shandon Cemetery.

CHP Officer Michael Egan said a semi-truck hauling spent grain eastbound from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles crossed the center divider and clipped a pickup truck, which then hit two other cars. The semi-truck then hit a westbound GMC Sierra head-on before tipping over on its side and spilling the mushy grain on the roadway.

The driver of the Sierra was pronounced dead at the scene. No drugs or alcohol are suspected, Egan said.

The highway wasn’t closed, but westbound traffic backed up beyond the 46/41 Y near Cholame, while eastbound traffic backed up through Shandon.

Caltrans plowed a lane in the dirt for westbound traffic in the area currently under construction as part of the highway’s widening project. Eastbound traffic was diverted to the shoulder.

Cal Fire and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the crash.

Our sincere sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceasedWe wish them courage during these trying moments of losing their loved one.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s wrongful conduct or negligence in Lompoc, CA, you may have a right to a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. James McKiernan Lawyers encourages anyone who may find him or herself in such a difficult situation to contact an experienced Santa Maria personal injury attorney at 1-800-200-HURT (4878) for a free case evaluation. We only get paid if you get paid. Our offices are conveniently located throughout California.

At James McKiernan Lawyers, We work tirelessly to deliver accurate news about the California accidents that impact our readers and clients most. Although our goal is to keep people as informed as possible, we’d like to note the information we aggregate is obtained from a wide variety of nonaffiliated secondary sources. These include but are not limited to: Law enforcement agencies, press release, News articles, and websites.

As we publish and share accident information, we make all possible efforts to ensure its correctness, but for the aforementioned reasons, we cannot guarantee that our content is completely accurate. Although we generally respond to inquiries and requests to change, update or amend the content and articles that we publish, we cannot promise that we’ll be able to do so within a given time frame.

The articles and blogs that we share or post here and on social media are designed to serve solely as general information. They should not be taken to constitute legal, medical or any other form of express or implied advice. Similarly, they may not be applicable to your personal circumstances, situation or case. Any information referring to specific laws, statutes or legal actions reflects legal principles, but the laws that apply to you may differ based on your situation, jurisdiction or other factors.

CALL JAMES McKIERNAN LAWYERS (800) 200-HURT (4878) for a FREE CONSULTATION

CHP releases new details about fatal Highway 46 crash near Shandon

One person was killed Friday, March 31, 2017, in a five-vehicle crash near Shandon that left an overturned semi-truck stretched on its side across Highway 46 East, according to the California Highway Patrol

New details have been released about the fatal five-vehicle accident near Shandon on Friday on Highway 46 East.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, the driver of a semi-truck was traveling 55 to 65 mph when the truck drifted onto the right shoulder of Highway 46 heading east about 2:15 p.m. When the driver, Charles S. Celaya, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, attempted to direct the big rig back to the road on a right-hand curve, he crossed the center divider and clipped a 2001 Dodge Dakota, police said.

The big rig then collided head-on with a westbound 2014 GMC Sierra, causing major damage to both vehicles, police said. The semi-truck, swerving left and right, tipped on its side and spilled its contents, mushy grain that it was hauling from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles.

The driver of the GMC died from blunt force trauma, police said. His name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Authorities said the man driving the Dodge — Alfaro Rafael Mendoza, 49, of Salinas — crashed into a 2016 Ford F-150, driven by Jeffrey Wayne Fisher, and a 2013 Honda Odyssey, driven by Brian Garard Kelly. Kelly, 61, of Buellton, received minor injuries to his left arm. Mendoza and Fisher, 53, of Bodfish, were not injured.

Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Our sincere sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceasedWe wish them courage during these trying moments of losing their loved one.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s wrongful conduct or negligence in Lompoc, CA, you may have a right to a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. James McKiernan Lawyers encourages anyone who may find him or herself in such a difficult situation to contact an experienced Santa Maria personal injury attorney at 1-800-200-HURT (4878) for a free case evaluation. We only get paid if you get paid. Our offices are conveniently located throughout California.

At James McKiernan Lawyers, We work tirelessly to deliver accurate news about the California accidents that impact our readers and clients most. Although our goal is to keep people as informed as possible, we’d like to note the information we aggregate is obtained from a wide variety of nonaffiliated secondary sources. These include but are not limited to: Law enforcement agencies, press release, News articles, and websites.

As we publish and share accident information, we make all possible efforts to ensure its correctness, but for the aforementioned reasons, we cannot guarantee that our content is completely accurate. Although we generally respond to inquiries and requests to change, update or amend the content and articles that we publish, we cannot promise that we’ll be able to do so within a given time frame.

The articles and blogs that we share or post here and on social media are designed to serve solely as general information. They should not be taken to constitute legal, medical or any other form of express or implied advice. Similarly, they may not be applicable to your personal circumstances, situation or case. Any information referring to specific laws, statutes or legal actions reflects legal principles, but the laws that apply to you may differ based on your situation, jurisdiction or other factors.

CALL JAMES McKIERNAN LAWYERS (800) 200-HURT (4878) for a FREE CONSULTATION

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