Single Vehicle Accidents - Diamond and Diamond Lawyers
  • Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Single Vehicle Accidents

Although most single-car accidents involve several parties, not every collision includes another motorist. Your single-car accident may happen for various reasons; these incidents are more prevalent than you would think. You might believe that if you’re in a motor collision, you’re immediately at blame and responsible for your damages.

You may be entitled to compensation from a third party who’s responsible for the single-vehicle accident. To ensure that you can protect yourself if you’re ever involved in a single-vehicle accident, you must know the laws and recovery possibilities.

Single-Vehicle Accidents: An Overview

You may be asking, what is a single-vehicle accident? Any collision in which only one car is damaged falls under that definition. Even if another driver played a role in the collision, a single-vehicle accident occurs when just your car is involved and no other vehicles are involved. 

A single-vehicle crash, for example, is when you lose control and hit a sign. Another example of a single-car accident occurs if somebody pulls out into the road in front of your car and you drive off the road, striking a tree rather than their vehicle. A single-car collision can result in property damage too.

When Are You Liable for a Single Vehicle Accident?

When Are You Liable for a Single Vehicle AccidentWhen a driver’s actions constitute the cause of the single-vehicle collision, they’re held responsible. The term ‘proximate cause’ refers to the actions set in motion—the events that led to the accident. For instance, if it’s raining and you’re driving too fast for the conditions, you’re responsible for the accident. 

Another way you’re accountable for an accident is if you’re driving too quickly and lose control. You’re responsible for your accident if you commit the error or conduct your driving recklessly.

Consequences of Causing a Single Motor Vehicle

The majority of drivers will be involved in an accident at some time. Car accidents may have a variety of consequences, including increased insurance rates, litigation, and even criminal penalties for the at-fault driver.

Traffic Tickets

There are several options for resolving your case if you’re found to be at fault for your accident. Law enforcement may issue you a citation for one or more traffic infractions. You have the right to go to court to challenge your ticket and give the judge your side of the story. Points on your driver’s license may potentially be awarded.

Paying Your Own Bills

When you’re liable for your own personal injuries, you may have to pay your medical costs and other damages unless you have insurance to cover it. Accident victims can only recover from others if they are the ones who caused their injury. However, before deciding that you don’t have a case, you should consult with an attorney.

Criminal Charges

If you’re found to be at blame in a single-vehicle collision, you may face criminal penalties. Two of the most prevalent criminal traffic offenses are drunk driving and reckless driving. If you’re facing criminal accusations, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your rights and defend your freedom.

Have you caused a Single-Vehicle Accident, or are you a victim of one? Either way, getting in touch with a Personal Injury Lawyer should be your top priority. Contact Diamond & Diamond today.

What Can You Do if You’re Not Liable for a Single-Vehicle Accident?

It may be possible to hold the guilty person liable for your losses if you’re not at fault. Another driver on the road or a car manufacturer could be to blame. It’s also possible that it’s a government agency that’s to blame.

A Claim Against Another Driver or Other Person on the Roads

Even if you never struck them, if another person’s negligence causes you to get into a single motor vehicle accident, they may be responsible for your injuries. Without necessarily being engaged in the actual impact of the collision, a person might act irresponsibly. If that’s the case, you can still sue them in court or seek compensation from their insurance.

Product Liability

You might be eligible to file a claim against the car manufacturer if the collision was caused by a defective or malfunctioning vehicle. When a corporation creates a vehicle with a preliminary design or makes a manufacturing error, they’re responsible for its damages. It’s critical to keep track of evidence and engage with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Suing the Government

Suing the government is difficult, but not impossible. Public roadways are maintained by a number of government agencies. You may be able to hold them liable for your losses if they don’t execute their job correctly. To file this sort of claim, there are a few things you should know.

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Pro Tip: Single Vehicle Accidents

Don’t assume you’re at fault. Always talk to a personal injury lawyer first before giving out testimonials.

FAQs About Single-Vehicle Accidents

How do I prepare a claim for a single-vehicle accident?

Step 1: Notify your insurance company.

Step 2: File a police report at the nearby police station.

Step 3: Take pictures to serve as proof.

Step 4: Send all of your paperwork to the insurance company.

Step 5: Request a surveyor from your insurance company.

Step 6: Make repairs arrangements.

Step 7: Make contact with your legal counsel.

Can I sue a driver if I’m injured in a single-vehicle accident?

When you’re in a vehicle accident, the last thing on your mind is that you’ll have to sue the other driver for damages. If you’re in this scenario and don’t know what to do, know that you have the right to sue someone individually for the accident if they were at fault.

What damages can I recover from a single-vehicle accident claim?

It’s feasible in some situations. For example, even if another individual was not directly responsible for your accident, other circumstances will play a role. If you have any doubts, see an attorney.

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