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What If Another Driver Made Me Crash Without Hitting Me?

 Posted on May 27, 2022 in Car Accidents

Dallas car crash lawyersYou are probably familiar with the term “hit-and-run” referring to a car accident. In a hit-and-run, a careless driver crashes into another vehicle and then takes off. A miss-and-run is somewhat similar in that a careless driver causes a car accident and flees the scene. However, in a miss-and-run, the careless driver does not actually crash into you, but forces you to crash without making physical contact.

This type of accident can take several forms. It may be more challenging to prove a miss-and-run than a hit-and-run, but with a careful investigation, it can be done. Even if the other driver cannot be identified, you may still be able to recover compensation. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can after a miss-and-run. The sooner the investigation starts, the more evidence is likely to be available. 

How Do Miss-and-Run Crashes Happen?

You might also hear miss-and-run accidents referred to as “phantom driver” crashes. This is because it is often difficult to track down the person responsible for the crash. However, there are still ways you can recover, typically through your own insurance company. Miss-and-run accidents may happen in ways like: 

  • Highway merging - Aggressive drivers may refuse to allow others to merge onto the interstate. This can cause drivers who are blocked from merging to veer off the road and crash. 
  • Road rage - Drivers with road rage may intentionally force another vehicle off the road by swerving into their lane. The victim is then forced to choose between getting sideswiped or driving off the road. 
  • Running traffic lights - Miss-and-run crashes often happen at intersections when a careless or reckless driver runs a stop sign or red light while other vehicles are already lawfully in the intersection. This can force the drivers who were supposed to be crossing the intersection to have to veer out of the way.

Proving a Miss-and-Run Accident

Witnesses and nearby traffic or security cameras are often the two best types of evidence of a miss-and-run accident. Even if you did not get a great look at the vehicle that forced you off the road or its driver, someone else might have. It is also possible that the accident was captured on camera. Your attorney may start by trying to locate any cameras that may have been in the vicinity when your accident occurred. 

Contact a Dallas County Car Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a miss-and-run accident, Jerry D. Andrews, P.C. may be able to recover financial compensation on your behalf. Our Irving car accident lawyers can begin investigating your accident as soon as we hear from you. Call 214-221-5800 for a free consultation. 



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