A two car accident in Monroe County has claimed the life of Anna Lee Cunningham. Monroe County is located in south central Alabama and Monroeville is the county seat. Ms. Cunningham was a passenger in a car that collided with a Peterbilt tractor-trailer on County Road 50 near the community of Beatrice. Initial reports indicate the driver of the car, Reginald Cunningham, swerved to avoid another car causing his car to lose control and collide with the 18-wheeler. Also injured in the accident were Reginald Cunningham, Debbie Lewis, Reginald Lewis, and Ladarious Lewis.
If this crash was caused by another vehicle these victims would likely have a claim for uninsured motorist (UM) benefits. Under Alabama law, if a phantom vehicle causes an accident and even if that vehicle cannot be identified the injured parties can still have a cause of action for UM benefits. In this case, there would possibly be a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate of Ms. Cunningham for UM benefits and there could also be UM claims made on behalf of the other victims.