Got into an accident, Gave false info to adjuster

I was driving down a 2 lane street which parked cars are on the right side, there
was a car behind me honking and road raging I pulled to the side of the road to
let him through, and continued to drive straight when he slammed on his brakes
and caused me to collide in his rear. I told the adjuster he went over the curb
to get infront of me and slam on his brakes. adjuster said there is directional
damage. can I get charged for fraud for giving false info on my claim?

Asked on April 20, 2016 under Accident Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, lying to the insurer about the facts of an accident and claim is insurance fraud. You could have your claim denied; you could be sued by the insurer; you could even be criminal prosecuted. What you said was a false representation of critical facts after liability and the insurer's obligation to pay and would clearly constitute insurance fraud.


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