The Story Behind ‘Crashers’ by Lindy S. Hudis

The inspiration for this story is very personal. I was in a minor fender bender several years ago that literally changed my life. I was driving south on La Brea Avenue, and stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard. As anybody who lives in Los Angeles knows, it is one of the busiest and most congested in the whole city. A very minor traffic incident occurred, and nobody was hurt and there was no damage. However, one of the parties involved decided to pretend that she was seriously injured. She called the police, the paramedics and firemen to help her with her “injury”. Afterwards, she decided to sue all the drivers involved. Again, it was a very minor accident, no injuries or damage at all. According to my insurance adjuster, the injuries she claimed she had were “outrageous” and “not consistent with the damage to her car.” The story did have a happy ending, but I was so mortified that somebody would actually try to pull this kind of a scam. Being young and naïve at the time, I had no idea that this kind of thing actually happened. I really thought that this was some kind of “urban legend” that there were actually people out there who did this. I decided to channel all of that anger into a story.  I discovered that there are people who do this kind of thing for a living – they stage car accidents on purpose to collect the insurance money. I was flabbergasted yet fascinated at that idea – people actually risking their lives and the safely of others for the almighty dollar? That was absurd to me. So, as a fiction author, I crated this world of characters who get lured into the seedy underworld of crime. There are dishonest people out there that are ready and willing to do anything for money, people need to be very careful. So basically, the moral of my story is – drive safe!


Lindy S.Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. She is a former actress, having appeared on such television shows as “Sunset Beach” and “Married with Children”. Her romantic murder mystery, Weekends, is currently available from Lachesis Press. She is also a filmmaker, her independent short film “The Lesson”, which she wrote, produced and directed, screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival. She is co-owner of an independent production company called Impact Motion Pictures. She and her husband Steve, a Hollywood stuntman, have just completed the screenplay adaptation of Charmaine Hammond’s best selling book, “On Toby’s Terms.” She lives in California with her family.

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