In a multiple-vehicle accident, there are more than two cars that hit each other or are involved in a chain of rear-end collisions. It can be difficult enough to sort out liability in these scenarios, but it can be even more complicated when there is an allegation of a phantom vehicle or a “John Doe” driver. A “John Doe” or phantom vehicle is one that may have played an integral role in causing the crash, but never actually made contact with any of the others and either has not been identified or is not a party to the case.
This is what was being alleged by the defendant in Reboulet v. Schlosberg, tried before a jury in Georgia.
Ultimately, jurors concluded defendant was liable for the collision and awarded plaintiff $813,000 for his spinal damage. Continue reading