What is a phantom vehicle? A phantom vehicle most commonly refers to a vehicle that causes an accident without making contact with a victim or a victim’s vehicle. How can a car cause an accident without hitting anyone or anything?
Simple. A phantom vehicle is at fault in an accident when they perform a dangerous or unlawful maneuver that causes another vehicle or vehicles to have to take evasive action to avoid being struck. This evasive action leads to the other vehicle suffering some kind of damage due to hitting another car, hitting a stationary object, hitting a person, or skidding off of the road.
Phantom Vehicles Often Leave The Scene Of An Accident
One of the most problematic issues with phantom vehicles is the fact that they often leave the scene of the accident. In some cases, this could be the result of an honest mistake. If the driver of a phantom vehicle doesn’t make contact with another car, they may not even realize that they have caused an accident.
They may also realize that there was an accident, but since they didn’t strike another car they may not realize that they can still be held liable for causing the accident. In many cases though, phantom drivers choose to leave the scene of an accident so that they won’t be accused of causing it. They are attempting to escape responsibility, and in many instances they do.
A Phantom Vehicle Can Also Refer To A Hit And Run Driver
Sometimes a hit and run driver is also a phantom vehicle. Why? Because they were the cause of an accident and have disappeared after the accident. While phantom vehicles that don’t hit another car could mistakenly believe they weren’t the cause of an accident, hit and run drivers can’t make this claim. A hit and run driver strikes another car, knows they did it, then still chooses to leave the scene anyway.
When Do You Consider A Car A Phantom Vehicle?
In order to be considered a phantom vehicle, a car has to meet certain criteria. First of all, they had to have been engaging in an illegal and dangerous act that caused your accident. For example, if a car veers into your lane and forces you to turn out of the way causing you to hit something, they would be considered a phantom vehicle.
Secondly, their vehicle could not have made contact with your car during the accident. Thirdly, the at-fault driver left the scene of the accident. The final criteria are that the at-fault vehicle cannot be identified.
If your car was involved in an accident involving a phantom vehicle, make sure that you contact a lawyer. An experienced lawyer has access to resources that you don’t have access to. Plus, they can often use these resources to track down the offending driver and hold them accountable for their actions.
If the driver of the phantom vehicle can be located, you could save a lot of money in repair costs. Plus, you can get compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.