Our Fresno personal injury attorneys want to make all drivers aware of a dangerous scam that can result in an assault. ABC30 Action News reported that a search was being conducted for a man who allegedly caused a car accident to commit a sexual assault.
Riverside police state that a woman was involved in a rear-end accident on December 23 in the 5700 block of Sycamore Canyon Boulevard. The accident victim reported that another driver had “bumped his car into her car” after she slowed down at a traffic light. The victim pulled over to the side of the road. The driver of the other vehicle used a knife to rob the woman. He also attempted to assault the woman sexually. She was able to fight off the man who escaped traveling southbound on the 215 Freeway.
According to the report, the suspect appears to be between 30 and 35 years of age with a slight build and ungroomed facial hair. He is approximately five feet and seven to eight inches in height. He was driving an older model dark green SUV with a broken passenger side mirror.
What is a Bump and Rob Accident?
The above accident is also known as a “bump and rob” accident. In this type of car accident, the perpetrator intentionally causes a rear-end collision. When you pull over to exchange information, the other driver robs you or assaults you. In some cases, the criminal just wants your purse or wallet. In other cases, the person may take your vehicle.
All drivers need to be aware of their surroundings. Many bump and rob accidents occur in isolated areas. If possible, you should only pull over in a well-lit, public place. Many bump and rob accidents occur in isolated areas. If this is the case, lock your doors and only lower your window slightly. Call 911 immediately and remain in your vehicle.
When the other driver approaches your vehicle, look for a weapon. He or she is probably counting on you to be rattled and distracted by looking for your identification and insurance information. Pay very close attention to the person exiting the vehicle and drive away if you see a weapon. Drive to the first public place and call the police immediately.
Remember, trust your instincts. If you feel unease at all, insist that the other driver follows you to a public location to exchange information. Call 911 immediately so dispatch can remain on the line with you until you reach a public location to dispatch officers to you.
Call A Fresno Personal Injury For Help
If you are injured in a car accident, we are here to help you and your family. You need to focus on your recovery rather than deal with aggressive insurance adjusters who do NOT have your best interests as their top priority. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys will fight for your right to recover full compensation for your injuries and losses.
Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation. You deserve to know the facts about your legal options before you make a decision about your accident claim. You need to get those facts from someone who has your best interest at heart — this is not the insurance adjuster for the other party.