Almost 20 years ago I was in a rental car in Ft Lauderdale getting off I-95 to a major E-W boulevard. There was a stop sign at the end of the off-ramp. The car in front of me stopped before making a right-only turn. I stopped looked right then left and preceded onto the boulevard proceeding to touch/bump into the vehicle ahead that had stopped in the turn lane.
There was no movement in the car. Putting my emergency flashers on, I went to the driver and asked if he was OK. Oh ma back, ma back said the Caribbean Islander.
I ran to the Denny’s and called 911 and waited for the authorities. (This was before cell phones)
The Florida State Patrol and local EMT’s responded. The EMT said (off the record) that it was probably a scam but they had to put him on a backboard and take him to the ER. The patrolwoman inspected both vehicles and could see no damage. After providing ID, insurance card and the rental agreement I was free to go.
I reported the incident to my company and the rental agency from the airport.
Three weeks later I received a letter from a local FL attorney that had been copied so many times there was a ton of “noise” on the sheet of the paper. There were claimed medical expenses of $25,000 and they wanted cash payment other wise I was going to be sued. My info was handwritten in at the top of the document. I turned the document over to our corporate attorney.
Hertz decided to take the scammer to court and asked if I would come back to FL and testify if needed. I agreed. Seems they settled out of court or there was a bust.
S*it happens. Beware out there!