Volusia County/"Phantom Vehicles" and resulting personal injuries
In Florida, including the Daytona Beach area, many automobile and motorcycle accidents are caused by "phantom vehicles". These vehicles cause accidents by their actions, but do not stay at the scene or realize that an accident has occurred. A common scenario is when a car cuts off another driver on the highway, and as a result, a driver loses control by swerving or braking too hard resulting in an accident. Either the at fault driver does not see the accident occur or chooses not to stop. If you are injured by this "phantom vehicle", do you have insurance to cover you for your injuries? Unfortunately, most times the "phantom" is never found (thus the name "phantom"). In Florida, if the at fault driver cannot be identified, then obviously a claim for damages cannot be made against that driver. However, if you carry an uninsured motorist policy or UM policy, you would be able to make a claim for permanent injuries due to the accident. I cannot overstate the importance of uninsured motorist coverage.
If you do not carry a UM policy, contact your insurance agent to inquire about the amounts of coverage available and the costs involved. If you have been in an accident and have questions, please contact Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. for a free consultation at 1-800-556-8890.