I also work for an insurance company, not as an agent but as a claims investigator, so my job is to investigate potentially fraudulent claims.
Wheras I don’t handle accident losses anymore (I do fire and theft related claims), I have extensive experience and training in recognizing “red flags.” Some fraud is very obvious, and those perpetrators are the ones we catch…it’s the clever ones that get away.
Depending upon where you live, the laws may vary. In Minnesota, it’s not a matter of who broke the law first…in fact, our liability laws are “comparative negligence”, meaning all drivers can share in the responsibility for the accident. There are cases of 100% liability, but usually there is some shared negligence.
If someone is going around deliberately bumping into vehicles, and you witness this intentional act, immediately report it to the police. If you live in the United States, report it to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, especially if you have specific information regarding the perpetrators.
Interesting phenomena surrounds insurance fraud; people who would never consider shoplifting, or driving away without paying for gas have no problem claiming damages not related to an accident they were in. This is theft, pure and simple.
People whose vehicles were stolen and recovered will often claim every single ding on their vehicle as related to the theft…even if it’s something obvioulsy old and worn, or a problem from wear and tear. I’ve had people claim that the engine light was on when he got his car back, but a shop informed us that he had set an appointment with them to repair the engine light problem prior to the theft ever occurring!
Fraud takes many forms, and seriously, if you actually know of incidents occurring, do not hesitate to report to the police, the NICB, or if you know it, the Insurance companies handling the claims.