Phantom Car Accident: What Is It?

  • March 25, 2022

A phantom car accident is a unique and strange case. When people imagine a car accident , they have two or more cars in mind. But sometimes, traffic collisions are more complex than that. For example, a hit-and-run accident victim may have little or no information about the person who struck them. Such a situation can complicate the process of applying for an insurance claim.

However, another situation is known as a miss-and-run or a phantom car accident. Unlike a hit-and-run where the driver leaves behind some evidence, a phantom driver leaves little or no evidence. Thus, proving that someone else’s negligence caused the crash may be more difficult.

This article discusses what a phantom car accident is and the steps you can take to ensure you can receive maximum compensation from the at-fault party. If you were involved in a crash with a phantom driver, our Atlanta auto accident lawyers at Bethune Law Firm could help you. Contact us immediately.

Explaining Phantom Car Accidents 

A phantom car crash happens when a vehicle causes another to crash without colliding with it. For instance, you may drive in the right lane when a car suddenly enters in front of you. Then, in trying to avoid a collision, you swerve and strike the guardrail.

The collision force leaves you injured, and before you can ask the other driver for their information, they drive off. The person who sped off is the phantom driver. The term originated from explaining how a driver can cause a crash without being physically involved.

What To Do When a Phantom Driver Causes a Crash 

A phantom driver is as dangerous as a hit-and-run as both motorists leave injured drivers on the road without stopping to help. If you were involved in a phantom car accident, you should take the same steps as you would in other types of traffic crashes. So first, call the police and report the accident.

The police are your best chance of tracking down the driver and holding them liable for your injuries and losses. So, it would help if you could provide the investigators with the following information:

  • The make and model of the car, and the year, if possible
  •  The color of the vehicle
  • Any distinguishing features like dents, scratches, or modifications
  • What the driver looked like (their sex, presumed age and height, and race)
  • When, where, and how the accident happened
  • The vehicle’s license plate, even if it is just a partial
  • The direction the phantom driver was going before the accident

Remember that providing this information does not guarantee that the police will apprehend the phantom driver. But it is an excellent place to start, and even if the authorities cannot find the driver, you may still be able to recover compensation.

How To Recover Compensation Following a Phantom Car Accident

After a crash caused by a phantom driver, the best option would be to turn to your uninsured motorist coverage. Note that Georgia does not mandate drivers to buy this policy. But it is always a great idea to have one in case of collisions like this.

Suppose you have uninsured motorist coverage. You can file a claim with your insurance provider, but you have to prove that you were not responsible for the crash. Generally, insurance companies do not relish paying compensation. So, you need evidence to show that the phantom driver caused the crash, not you.

As such, you need to present:

  • Photos of the crash scene, including tire tracks
  • Witness statements
  • Video footage of the crash scene

There’s a chance you failed to gather all this evidence due to your injuries. If that’s the case, speak with the investigating police officer on obtaining the police report. Usually, you can make an online application .

What if the Police Arrested the Driver 

If this happens, you can file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. However, you’ll need to establish the phantom motorist’s negligence. That means proving the duty of care, breach, causation, and damages. You can recover the following as settlement:

  • Medical bills
  • Cost of vehicle repair
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Emotional distress, etc.

Let Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Help You

Motor vehicle accidents leave devastating consequences. Victims who survive often have severe injuries that might affect their lives forever. Thankfully, Georgia law allows crash victims to recover compensation from the at-fault party, and our legal team can help.

At Bethune Law Firm , we have years of combined experience helping crash victims and will do all we can to help you get a fair settlement. Contact us today for a free case review.

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  • What is a ‘Phantom Driver’?

When most people think of a car accident, they picture a collision between two vehicles. But sometimes, accidents are more complicated than that. Hit and run accidents, for example, leave the victim with minimal information about who hit them. That can make filing an insurance claim for damages very difficult. And if the accident is caused by what’s known as a “phantom driver,” it can be even harder to determine who is at fault and get compensation for damages.

Phantom drivers bring unique challenges to the aftermath of an accident. It’s important to know how to handle them and what to do if you’ve been hit by a phantom driver. If you’ve been in a crash, you can always get a free consultation with a Georgia car accident lawyer.

What is a Phantom Driver Accident?

A phantom driver is a driver who causes an accident even though they never came into contact with another vehicle. They are like a “phantom” because they’re present one moment and then gone.

Some phantom drivers don’t even realize they caused an accident, so they continue driving. Since the driver doesn’t pull over, they are usually unidentifiable. Accidents caused by phantom drivers are treated the same as hit and run accidents, although “miss and run” is a more accurate term.


What are Examples of Accidents Caused By a Phantom Driver?

Many times, a phantom driver will drift from their lane into another lane with a second car. To avoid the phantom driver, the second car will swerve away quickly. This can result in a collision with a third car (or pedestrian, bicyclist, etc) or a single-car accident if the second driver runs off the road and crashes.

Another example could be a driver who pulls out in front of another driver, causing them to swerve or brake quickly, resulting in an accident.

Basically, any phantom driver accident is defined by this formula:

  • A driver gets in the way of another vehicle, causing that vehicle’s driver to swerve (or do some other action) in order to avoid a collision.
  • Because the second driver moved unexpectedly to avoid the first driver, they end up crashing—either by hitting another vehicle, pedestrian, or having a single-car accident.
  • The first driver (the phantom driver) continues driving, either to avoid the accident consequences or because they didn’t even notice the damage they caused.

A phantom driver is usually a distracted driver. They’re likely not paying full attention to their surroundings, which is why they didn’t see the other vehicle in the first place. Sometimes, a phantom driver is engaging in reckless or drunk behavior.

Is the Phantom Driver Responsible for Damages?

Even if the phantom driver does not stop, they are still legally at fault for the crash if their actions directly caused it. That means they are liable for all injuries and other damages resulting from the accident. The problem is that you need some sort of identifying information to file an insurance claim with the insurance company of the at-fault driver.

There are some methods that may help you identify a phantom driver. If there were any witnesses to your crash, they may have seen the vehicle’s license plate or be able to describe unique details of the vehicle. If you saw what the driver looked like, that can be helpful too.

In some situations, the phantom driver might come back to the scene and admit fault, although this is pretty rare. If you aren’t able to identify the phantom driver, you can probably turn to uninsured motorist coverage through your own car insurance to cover some of your expenses.

To know all of your options, it’s best to consult with a Georgia hit-and-run accident lawyer as soon as you can after the accident occurs.

What Do I Do If I’m Hit By a Phantom Driver?

If you crash while trying to avoid a phantom driver, you should call 911 to report the accident. If you have any injuries that are life-threatening, you should also get medical attention right away.

Otherwise, while you’re waiting for the police, here are some things you should do.

Note Any and All Details

Use your phone or pen and paper to jot down anything you can remember about the accident and the other vehicle. That includes what the driver looked like, the type of vehicle they drove, any part of their license plate, and anything else. Be sure to tell the police exactly how the phantom driver caused your accident.

Take Pictures

If you are somehow able to get a picture of the vehicle before they drive away, that can be very helpful. Also, take pictures of all injuries and vehicle damage that resulted from the accident.

Look For and Talk to Witnesses

As mentioned above, talk to any witnesses and ask what they saw. Other people might have additional information about the phantom driver.

Report the Accident to Your Insurance

You will need to let your own auto insurance know about the accident within 24 hours of your accident, if you can. Gathering the information mentioned above will help prove the accident actually happened (and that it was caused by the other driver, not you) so your coverage claim doesn’t get denied.

Call a Car Accident Lawyer

Phantom driver situations can get complicated quickly, especially if you struggle to get enough information on the other driver. But don’t let it discourage you from getting help. You may have more options than you think. And having a car accident lawyer on your side greatly increases your chance of financial recovery.

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Dealing with a phantom driver accident is hard enough as you’re worrying about paying your bills and getting coverage from your insurance company. Georgia car accident lawyers John Foy & Associates can handle the legal side of things. We’ll investigate your case and help you make the best steps possible—with the goal of full financial recovery. That way, you can focus on recovering from your accident.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom totalled in collision with an oil tanker, 2 people killed

In a major accident on the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in the Nuh region of Haryana, a Rolls-Royce Phantom was totalled after a seeding oil tanker rammed into it, killing two people and severely injuring five, reported Hindustan Times. The accident reportedly took place in Urmi village on Tuesday, when the speeding oil tanker collided with the luxury sedan, resulting in both vehicles catching fire immediately after the collision.

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The oil tanker reportedly overturned as an impact of the collision and the driver and passengers became trapped in it and could not escape and burned to death. There was a third occupant in the oil tanker, who reportedly survived the collision but suffered from severe injuries. The Rolls-Royce Phantom, on the other hand, caught fire immediately after the accident and was completely charred. Its four passengers reportedly suffered severe injuries and were taken to a private hospital in Gurugram.

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The report also revealed that the preliminary investigation by police found that the tanker was owned by a private company and was carrying diesel. It was on its way to a National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) site to deliver the fuel. However, the oil tanker was driving on the wrong side of the road when it collided with the Rolls-Royce Phantom that was approaching from the Sohna side. Due to the high speed of both vehicles, the oil tanker overturned after the collision catching fire. The NHAI officials called water tankers to douse the fire, but the Rolls-Royce was already destroyed before they arrived.

The deceased men who were in the tanker were identified as Rampreet Kumar and Kuldeep Singh, from Alwar in Rajasthan. The third occupant of the tanker was identified as Gautam Kumar, who is from Uttar Pradesh. Police have launched an investigation to find more details.

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Unlocking [ ]

Requirements [ ].

In both methods, if the player's vehicle is destroyed, they must start all over again, apart from the renaming part. Both methods require any car, and changing the player in-game name into "Gorge" (regardless of capitals or lowercases). When either of the steps are followed, the cut-scene plays.

Mansion [ ]

Change your name to "Gorge". While in the Mansion, reach the library room, then scan the paintings on the right wall. Eventually, one will find a painting that bears some resemblance to the map Gorge. There will also be a sofa and a globe near it. Ram the painting's location and stay there. After a short stop, a portal opens up and drags the vehicle in.

Dungeon [ ]

Change your name to "Gorge". The Mega/Ultra Phantom (any form of Phantom counts) must be defeated once by the player in the current session. Beating the boss directly is not required (another player killing it also counts), but surviving through the fight is mandatory.. After that, a Black Hole power-up must be obtained, then fired to the rubble with the gorge painting on it. The specific location is near the stairs, which is in turn on the South-East corner of the map. As the Black Hole implodes on the painting, the screen fades to white.

The cut-scene [ ]

The game enters a loading screen and says "Loading the spirit of Gorge". Afterwards, a thicket of trees were pushed aside as the camera zooms in onto the rock skull formation in Gorge while the latter emits ghastly green light. The skull opens and Phantom appears, stopping after making a brief left turn. A lightning bolt flashes twice in the background as this occurs, after which they remain and the scene is permanently illuminated.

Descriptions [ ]

Phantom is a matte black vehicle with dark-tinted windows. Its engine compartment creaks open slightly. The arrangement of the engine grate and front lights as well as the bumper resembles a monster face. Its entire engine compartment is slightly elevated. There exist 2 pipelines that run from the hood past the body until they end with two large exhausts. The vehicle also has an elevated suspension, due to its smaller wheel arches. The bottom is circled by white strips of metal. Ghastly ectoplasm clouds seep out from the crack in the front, as well as from the two points on the vehicle's exhausts.

Strategies [ ]

The Phantom had rather outstanding handling, almost evenly matched with the Street Drifter , allowing it to drifting and doing sharp turns with handbrake mode. However, it had lower acceleration and wider profile than Street Drifter, which mean that defensive and passive strategies are recommended although with good precision in attacking foes with the good handling and speed it can be an aggresive vehicle.

Gallery [ ]

Real-life counterpart [ ].

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In Other Languages [ ]

Please note that only official translations are used.

Trivia  [ ]

  • The word "Phantom" usually refers to spirits or ghosts, which is also another reference to The Car .
  • After the portal sucks the player's vehicle in, there's a loading screen saying "Loading The Spirit of Gorge". This is a reference to the famed Hollywood car customizer, George Barris, who in turn designed the vehicle featured in The Car .
  • Phantom was added in the 2017 Mansion Update.
  • The Fur Tint skin was widely used as the decoration for the phantom as it resembles the Ultra and Mega phantom's appearance
  • The skull cave on where the phantom was found is the same one we find the alien when obtaining the UFO

Changes in Updates [ ]

  • This makes the Phantom the only hidden vehicle so far that has two methods to obtain, albeit in different updates.
  • It is the third hidden vehicle to be unlockable again after a new update, the others being the Snowmobile and UFO .
  • This makes Phantom the first vehicle to be featured in a badge.

External links [ ]

  • Link to new Dungeon Method
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  • 2 Starman's car
  • 3 High Score Achievements

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It is just under 20 years since one of the oddest incidents ever recorded on the roads of Surrey took place - and to this day it remains unexplained. On the dark night of December 11 2002 Surrey Police received a flood of calls from members of the public that a car had lost control and left the A3 around 10 metres before the slip road at Burpham, Guildford.

Police arrived at the scene to find no evidence of a newly crashed vehicle at the scene, until they looked 20 metres further down the road . There they discovered the wreckage of a maroon Vauxhall Astra nose down in a ditch completely hidden from a road and any potential passers by.

But this vehicle was not the result of a recent incident, with officers also discovering the remains of a body which had lain undiscovered for the previous five months along with the wrecked Astra. A media frenzy greeted the discovery - with some suggesting that the crash all those people had rung police about was in fact a ghostly replay of the incident.

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Surrey Police confirmed the body found at the scene was that of 21-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler, who was wanted for robbery and had been on the run from Metropolitan Police since July 16 that year. Police rubbished any talk this was a some sort of paranormal event, adding the incident was treated as a normal road collision with the fact the car was obscured by the bush meaning it wasn’t reported sooner.

One person who remembers the day clearly was Steve Casey, who worked for Maco Recovery Services. Speaking to SurreyLive in 2012 , ten years on from the incident, he said it was an event he would not forget as he was at the scene to tow the car away and remembers the remains being recovered from the scene.

“The car was badly damaged,” said Mr Casey. “It was written off and rusty, and it was an old car. Someone said afterwards that there might have been a ghost involved, but you aren’t told that at the time. I was just getting on with the job .”

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It has been shared under different titles, such as ‘Ghost Crash’ and ‘Unbelievable Supernatural Car Accidents Compilation’. One version shared on the  Facebook  page “Hritesh Aggarwal” racked up more than 10 million views in the last two weeks.

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