How Accident Lawyers Deal with Hit and Run or Phantom Vehicle Cases

Hit and run and phantom vehicle cases can be a challenge for Maryland accident lawyers. But good lawyers can obtain compensation for their clients in the vast majority of cases.

In Maryland, if you are injured in an accident as the result of the negligence of a hit-and-run driver, you can still recover for your medical bills, lost income from work, and pain and suffering damages as if the driver had been identified by bringing an uninsured motorist claim or lawsuit pursuant to your own car insurance policy. Maryland law treats an unknown negligent driver as it would an known uninsured driver for purposed on the injury victim’s uninsured motorist policy.

With respect to phantom vehicles – those vehicles that cause an accident but then drive away before then can be identified – some states require physical contact with the phantom vehicle for the injury victim to be able to make an uninsured motorist claim. Maryland law, however, does not require physical contact. If the insurance company has policy language to the contrary, Maryland courts will ignore the language.