Friday, September 22

What are bumper lifts and how do they work?

The bumper lift are drivers (usually criminal groups) who cause road accidents (intentionally) to extort and “extorting money” from the other driver involved in the mishap by demanding cash, cell phones, or some other compensation on the condition not to hit him or hurt him.

How do they operate?

These criminal groups they study their victim before taking action. They perform the simulation of an accident, they can stop unexpectedly and even moderately hit the vehicle so that the driver stops and gets out of his unit to see the damage.

When getting out of the vehicle, the person who caused the accident can propose to reach a monetary agreement, first, in a “kind” way, but if the other person does not agree, then they can be the victim of threats and even blows.

Through social networks, cases have also been reported where another vehicle appears with a group of people on board to threaten the driver and even the insurance adjuster and thus get money from them.

What to do in case of a mishap with another car?

Given these facts, the Ministry of Citizen Security has issued the following recommendations to avoid being a victim of this type of criminal:

  • Do not get out of your car and pull over so as not to obstruct the road.
  • Call your insurance agency and provide your location.
  • Not agreeing to monetary settlements for vehicle damage.
  • Verify that the person from the insurer has the documents that accredit the company for which he works.
  • Be present at the time of review of the damage and consequent procedures.

At Mexico City Congress, Lilia Sarmiento Gómez, from the parliamentary group of the PT, has pointed out that this type of extortion against drivers is on the increase in roads such as Viaducto Miguel Alemán, Circuito Bicentenario, Miramontes, Calzada de Tlalpan, Periférico Adolfo López Mateos and Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza.