happens if your car did not actually come into contact with any other
car involved in the crash? If you look in the rear view mirror and see a crash behind you are you required to stop and render aid? Can you be charged with "hit and run" if your
vehicle never "hit" anything? In Florida, the answer is theoretically
You could be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony version of hit and run depending on whether injury occurred.
What is a Phantom Vehicle?
The Tampa Police Department in Florida has standard operating procedures that specifically address the phanton vehicle "hit and run" investigation (sometimes called the no contact "hit and run" or the non-contact "hit and run").
According to Wikipedia, "the phantom vehicle may refer to a supposed ghostly or haunted vehicle, or, for insurance purposes, a vehicle that causes injury, death, or damage without making physical contact."
Elements of the "No Hit - Hit and Run "
The standard operating procedures in Tampa, FL, provide that before a non-contact (phantom) vehicle can be considered a hit and run vehicle, the following facts must be established:
- the driver must have had some reasonable knowledge of its involvement in the crash;
- the vehicle must have been a "direct cause" of the crash; and
- the vehicle did leave the scene to avoid its responsibility under Florida law.
Finding an Attorney in Tampa for a Hit and Run Case
If you are under investigation in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, or the surrounding counties of Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, or Hernando, then contact an experienced "hit and run" defense attorney in Tampa. Call 813-250-0500.