When two cars collide, one of the first questions is "who's fault was it?" This is one of the first questions many people ask because it goes to liability. Whoever is more at fault will likely have to compensate the other party for the costs of lost wages, medical bills and other damages in a civil lawsuit.
However, what happens when only one car is involved in an accident? If you have been in a single car accident, you might think you don't have a legal case to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses, but you might be wrong. Read more to find out more.
Although single-vehicle accidents are less common than multiple vehicle crashes, they are by no means uncommon. In fact, just recently an Arkansas woman was killed when her car left Arkansas 46 and down into an embankment, according to a recent news report by Arkansas Online.
If you have been in an accident that did not involve a collision with another car, you could still bring a civil claim to obtain the compensation you deserve.
People involved in single-car accidents often bring claims against:
Vehicle manufacturers or sellers
If your accident was caused by faulty brakes, if your injuries resulted from inadequate or malfunctioning seatbelts, or if any other failure on the part of the car caused the accident, you could obtain compensation.
In most cases, this would involve a claim against a car manufacturer for negligent design or negligent construction. A claim against the seller is another possibility if it can be established that the seller knew or should have known about the faulty feature in the vehicle and failed to reveal that information to you.
When an accident is caused by faulty and unkempt roadways, and there was no warning about this dangerous condition, there could be a chance for a claim against the municipality in which the road lies.
The other driver
The fact that your accident did not involve a collision with another car does not mean that no other driver can be held responsible. If another driver's negligence caused your accident, you could still bring a civil claim for compensation against that driver.
The difficult part in most of these claims is finding the other driver and establishing negligence.
If you have been in any kind of auto accident, it is best to contact an attorney right away to discuss your options for obtaining the full measure of compensation entitled to you.