If you suffered injuries in a single-car accident, a third party could be at fault. Not all single-vehicle crashes are caused by the involved driver. Liability could rest with another motorist, a vehicle’s manufacturer, the owner of the roadway, or another entity.
What Causes Single – Car Accidents?
Anytime we get behind the wheel, various factors can affect our safety, and not all of them are under our control. If your accident involved only your vehicle, you may think you have no choice but to shoulder the financial burden. However, not all single-car crashes are the fault of the driver of the involved vehicle.
Your accident could be the fault of another driver, even if their vehicle was not directly involved in your collision. For example, if another driver traveled into your lane and forced you off the road, they could be liable for your injuries. Your accident could be the result of a defensive maneuver another driver forced you to make due to their reckless actions.
Examples of another driver’s negligence that could lead to a single-car crash include:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving (road rage)
- Driving while drowsy or sleeping behind the wheel
- Texting and driving
- Driving while intoxicated
Problems with the Rroadway
Slick surfaces, poor maintenance, potholes, a lack of lighting, or bad road design can all contribute to single-car accidents. These issues and other negligent road conditions are the responsibility of the entity in charge of the roadway. This could be a government entity, municipality, or private owner.
Another party could be liable for your crash if an object in the road or a missing or damaged street sign caused your accident. The bottom line is if there was something in the road that caused a hazard, or there was a dangerous condition created by the road owner’s negligence, they may owe you financial compensation.
Vehicle or Auto Part Defects
Faulty brakes, defective tires, engine problems, and other car-related issues can lead to single-car collisions. Your vehicle’s design could even be the problem. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pickup trucks and SUVs are more likely to be involved in a fatal, single-vehicle fatality than cars. One reason for this is because they are more likely to roll over due to their higher centers of gravity.
If a vehicle issue or defective vehicle part played a role in your single-car accident, you could have a case against the automaker or a vehicle parts manufacturer. This is true whether the defect was with your car or another driver’s vehicle.
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How Much Compensation Could You Receive for a Single – Car Accident?
The value of every case is different. The nature of your injuries, the extent of your vehicle damages, your age, wages, and various other factors could affect the amount of your settlement or verdict. Our lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your losses, including awards for:
- Doctor’s office visits
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospital stays
- Medical procedures
- Mobility aids
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Vehicle replacement or repairs
If your loved one died in a single-car crash, we can help you seek compensation on their behalf. This may include awards for their final medical care, burial and funeral costs, and lost earnings and benefits. Surviving family members may also seek compensation for their grief, anguish, and loss of companionship, guidance, and support.
An Accident Attorney Can Help You File Your Insurance Claim
According to the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI), drivers must have liability insurance to pay for accidents they cause. The mandated minimums are $15,000 for bodily injury to one person, $30,000 for bodily injury to two or more people, and $25,000 for property damages.
Our car accident attorneys can help you seek an insurance settlement for your single-car crash. We will prove another party is liable for your accident, file your claims, and negotiate on your behalf. We will build a case for negligence using:
- Accident reconstruction
- Crash site experts
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance footage or video evidence
- Photographs of the accident site and your vehicle damages
- Medical records
- Vehicle repair records
If a Settlement Isn’t Possible, You Can Pursue Damages in Court
If the party responsible for your crash is not insured, or their insurance company denies your claim, our attorneys can help you take legal action. You have one year to file a personal injury, according to CC §3492. If you are filing a wrongful death action, you also have a year, per CC §2315.2.
The Attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Handle Your Single – Car Accident Case
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers has helped personal injury victims win more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts. We can help you pursue your financial losses and get back on your feet. Call us today for a free consultation.