The insurance adjuster informed OP this area is known for drivers doing sketchy things.
Presumed New Jersey resident and Redditor /u/GlergenHouse posted up dashcam footage to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing the unsurprising moment a driver in a White Nissan Altima in Newark overtook /u/GlergenHouse in a no passing zone and slammed on their brakes causing OP to rear end them.
OP’s thread is linked here with their video embedded below.
The accident happened at the intersection of Newark St. and Sussex Ave in Newark NJ right where the Marion P. Thomas Charter school is located. (Exact location on Google Maps linked here.)
As the video shows, OP is travelling down Newark St. and legally overtakes a double-parked SUV before returning to his original lane.
By the looks of things traffic is light, there’s no apparent reason to rush.
Suddenly, a driver in a White Nissan Altima illegally overtakes OP in a no passing zone (as highlighted in green in the screenshot below) and immediately slams on their brakes.
With no time to safely stop, OP rear ends the Altima.
You’d think the Altima driver would pull over and confront OP, but they do the opposite and speed away, never to be seen again.
Here’s the Altima’s info for the search engines to find for future reference.
- 2020 Nissan Altima
- NJ Reg License Plate – T40RJX
- VIN – 1N4BL4BV6LC149926
OP says he circled the block and talked to nearby residents.
“I spoke to a group of women outside the apartment building, who said that they saw the whole thing. They had some pretty choice words about the Nissan driver that I’m not going to repeat here Apparently they have witnessed a lot of madness like that while living in this neighborhood and were less than thrilled about it…”
As for the Altima driver, it’s worth mentioning this happened a couple of months ago and, since OP’s Reddit post, he’s already filed an insurance claim, the adjuster finding the Altima 100 percent at fault when presented with video evidence.
“My insurance covered the cost of my fog light and repair, and it was deemed that the Nissan driver was 100% at fault.”
“The adjuster said that the area is known for drivers doing sketchy things like this, and it looked to him like “they were attempting to hurt me” or that they “wanted to bait me into an altercation to justify violence.”
This is yet another anecdote that, if you don’t have a dashcam yet, it would behoove you to buy one ASAP.