A motor vehicle accident between a car and 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in Gulfport, Mississippi has led to a Mobile Alabama truck driver being charged with leaving the scene of an accident. According to Mississippi TV station WLOX, the Mobile truck driver turned himself in after seeing an interview of the victim on television. Police indicated the semi-truck driver struck the other vehicle and knocked it down an embankment trapping the other driver for several hours before helped arrived. Many Alabama car and truck accidents are caused by hit and run drivers. Under Alabama law if the hit and run driver is not identified a claim can be made for the injured party by filing an Uninsured Motorists claim. Alabama case law essentially states that if an injured party can establish that a “phantom vehicle” caused the accident then they can recover uninsured motorists’ benefits. Unlike many states, Alabama does not require actual physical contact between the “phantom vehicle” and the injured party’s vehicle. If you or someone you know has been injured by a hit and run driver it’s important that you hire an experienced Alabama uninsured motorist attorney.