Can Another Party Be Responsible for a Single-Car Accident?
At first glance, single-car accidents seem like an open and shut case. There is one car, often one driver, and the site of the crash. It would seem that the only person responsible for the crash is the person driving. But this is not always the case.
A single-car accident occurs when only one vehicle encounters some form of obstacle that causes the driver to crash. Common types of single-car accidents involve swerving to avoid a pedestrian or animal, striking an animal, encountering a damaged road that causes the driver to lose control – all usually resulting in the damage of public or private property.
Cause and Liability
While some single-car accidents occur as a result of distracted or reckless driving, many more occur because the driver was trying to avoid a more serious accident or other dangerous situation. The most common causes of single-car accidents are:
- Faulty brakes
- Faulty Tires
- Mechanical failure
- Uneven roads
- Defensive driving (Evading an animal or pedestrian)
- Avoiding a collision with another vehicle
Determining liability can be difficult but certainly not impossible. After an accident occurs, it’s best to try and remember all the details leading up to the crash. If the road was damaged, uneven, or missing signage, it could be possible to hold the city, county, or relevant authorities liable.
If the crash occurred as a result of a vehicle defect, such as faulty brakes, tires, or electrical failure, the manufacturer could be held liable for damages caused by their faulty product. If the car accident occurred as a result of another driver’s recklessness, but the driver has since fled the scene, proving liability could be as simple as speaking to any potential witnesses, seeking out traffic cam footage, and more.
Getting into a single car accident can seem hopeless but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a single-car accident, don’t wait. Contact the law offices of Salter Ferguson today to schedule your case evaluation.
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