When I was 13 I was in my mom's car on the way home from my riding lesson. We were in the middle of a three-lane road in which the left lane turned left, the middle lane went straight and the right lane was right/straight. There was a huge pretzel truck in the left lane. The light turned green and I told my mom so (because I was 13 and obnoxious). She starts proceeding through the light and the truck drops back. Next thing you know some idiot from NY (this was in MA) runs the red light and smashes into the nose of my mom's car. Her girlfriend jumps out of the car yelling "I'm a witness!" so everyone else leaves. The driver admits fault to my mom, but tells the police MY MOM ran the light! The driver refuses medical treatment except for a band-aid.
Then my mother is sued over the accident.
It comes out later that this pair does this a lot and their lawyer was a personal friend who owed them a favor. My mother being anti-litigation, declined to countersue. To make a long story short, their lawyer antagonizes the judge (who just wants to get out of there and demands the suit is settled), the couple breaks before the court date (they look none too pleased that day) and my mother wins the suit. Apparently, their lawyer thought he could trip me up, but I listened carefully to his questions and really annoyed him by answering truthfully and by not falling for his traps. Also, if they're going to show pictures of the vehicles post-accident, don't smugly state that the van had a complete body makeover right before so it was in perfect condition when the pictures demonstrate that there was no way for the accident to happen the way they stated. "Uhhh...I don't know how those scratches [from my mom's car being dragged across the fender after being smashed] got there."
Moral of the story: if you're being sued for an accident that isn't your fault, COUNTERSUE!!!!! That would have cleaned this up a lot faster than the three years it was dragged out. Not to mention my mother still has neck pain from the accident 11 years ago.