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Phantom Vehicle Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno car accident lawyer. Phantom vehicle accidents are much like hit-and-run collisions. However, these vehicles never make physical contact with the victim or their car. Accidents involving phantom vehicles may cause a victim to suffer traumatic, catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

What is a “Phantom Vehicle”?

A “Phantom Vehicle” is a term used to describe an unidentified car involved in an automobile accident that left the scene of the crash.

Examples of Phantom Vehicle Accidents

Phantom vehicle accidents tend to occur for a variety of reasons. Such occurrences result from:

  • A reckless driver running another motorist off the road.
  • A driver cutting off another motorist, causing them to swerve and collide with a median and/or other vehicle.
  • A driver veering into the opposing lane of travel, causing the oncoming motorist to swerve off the roadway.

Importance of Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist Coverage

Drivers that have been involved in a crash with a phantom vehicle may still be able to receive compensation for their losses through uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage (UM). Although this coverage is not required to have in the State of California, it is beneficial to all who carry it. This policy can cover your damages from a hit-and-run accident, phantom vehicle accident and accidents involving an under-insured motorist.

What to Do After a Phantom Vehicle Accident

A person involved in a phantom vehicle accident may file a claim under their UM coverage of their own auto insurance policy. To file such a claim you will need a valid Traffic Collision Report, photographs of the damaged vehicle(s), and testimonies from involved parties or outside witnesses. These elements are crucial for phantom vehicle accident claims against an insurer’s UM policy.

If you, or a member in your family has been involved in a phantom vehicle accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to note and document all your symptoms following your Fresno car accident to receive the essential treatment for your injuries. Consistent medical care is a vital part of an auto accident claim. The reason for this is that an insurance adjuster may doubt the serious nature of your injuries due to gaps in treatment. For more details, contact an experienced Fresno car accident lawyer.

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