Responsibility in a One-Car Accident
Most of the time, when people think of getting into a car accident, they automatically think of a collision with another driver. However, in many cases, only one car might be involved. So what happens, if anything, in the case of a single-car crash?
In a 2015 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it says that about 55% of motor vehicle deaths, nationwide, involve single-vehicle accidents.
We see that many Floridians are involved in single-vehicle accidents each year. In most cases, drivers and passengers usually have medical costs or property damage. But, since single-car accidents only involve one vehicle, many think that they are not entitled to recover anything. That is a mistake.
There are a couple different scenarios in which a single-car accident can be the result of someone else’s error. In one case, if it is the driver’s fault any passengers in the vehicle have the right to recover damages from the accident. Other ways to recover losses in single-vehicle crashes include the following:
- Negligence of a different driver: Just because only one car crashed, doesn’t mean another didn’t cause it. For example, if a distracted driver is texting and drifts into another lane causing another driver to veer off into a stationary object, the negligence falls on the distracted driver.
- Car Defects: We hear about recalls all the time. Well guess what? Most of the time those various recalls are made because of an accident that someone got in due to a defect. That’s why you should choose a top –rated vehicle. For example, the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee models had a recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April of 2016 due to roll-away risk that injured at least 41 and contributed to killing actor Anton Yelchin.
- Poor Road Conditions: Some roads are in bad shape, due to no maintenance. Some roads are bad because they are built dangerously. If there are potholes, an abundance of debris, broken signs, lack of warnings or other conditions, a driver can easily get into an accident.