Sometimes the cause of an accident may not be as cut and dry as it is when someone runs a red light or fails to obey the speed limit. In fact, sometimes the driver responsible for causing an accident isn’t even involved in the actual crash — for example, an accident may occur when one driver swerves out of the way of another reckless driver and collides with a completely different vehicle. In this case, the unidentified vehicle is known as a “phantom” vehicle.
When phantom vehicles are responsible for auto accidents, proving liability and collecting a full financial recovery can be difficult, especially in single vehicle crashes. But, it is not impossible. In some cases, uninsured motorist benefits may apply, allowing the injured party to collect damages. In other cases, however, it may be a bit more complicated.
If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident caused by a “phantom” vehicle, you should consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer may be able to help you prove liability and get the full amount of compensation you deserve.
It is also important to document the scene as much as possible (if your injuries permit). Ways to do this include taking pictures or video of the scene and documenting where you were when you were trying to avoid the “phantom” vehicle. You should also write down everything you remember about the vehicle, including the make, model and color. If there are witnesses, be sure to get their names and contact information as well.
While phantom vehicles complicate auto accident claims, they don’t make them impossible to prove. To speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer in Florida, contact Baron & Herskowitz today.