It can be automatic to blame yourself if you are in a solo vehicle accident. You may say to yourself that if no one else was there, it must be my fault. However, this is not always the case and that assumption may cost you thousands of dollars. While most accidents involve at least two cars, some accidents only involve one car. For example, you may swerve to avoid a dog or cat suddenly running into the road and hit a fire hydrant or parked car. In many cases you can be held at-fault. However, if there is proof that the collision was the fault of someone else’s negligence or due to a defect in your vehicle, you may be able to make a claim for damages and shift the fault of the accident to someone or something else.
Cars can have manufacturing defects such as faulty brakes, poor alignment, etc. In many states, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit to recover damages you sustained as a result of the manufacturer’s neglect, making the manufacturer liable for personal and property damages as a result of the accident. It might also be that a stoplight malfunctioned, or the street was badly damaged by large potholes which caused the accident. In these cases, it might be possible to sue the city, county or government entity that is responsible for maintaining safety on those roads.
In some situations, a pedestrian or another motorist may do something careless or negligent and you are forced to respond quickly. This can occur if a bicyclist pulls out into the road without looking, forcing you to swerve quickly out of the lane to avoid hitting the rider, and you wind up colliding with another car or crashing into a fence. In a case such as this, the bicyclist may be liable for damages and injuries. It is important to understand the negligence laws in your state to determine whether your claim has validity.
If you have been involved and suffered serious injuries in a single vehicle accident, you will need the guidance and advice of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. have been helping people for over forty years. We know when to negotiate and when to go to court and we have access to a vast array of resources to help our clients get justice and the compensation they deserve. Let us help you too. Call us at (917) 300-0797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.