When most people think of car accidents, the image that comes to mind is that of two or more cars colliding. However, another type of crash is all-too-common and can be just as deadly. This type of crash is a single vehicle accident. Single vehicle crashes can be just as dangerous or deadly as multi-car pile-ups, as the death of a 19-year-old on New Years Eve shows. The death, according to the Simpsonville Patch, occurred in Greenville County at around 11:20 PM when the young driver ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a tree.
Our Greenville auto accident attorneys were saddened to hear of the loss of a young life. We want every driver to be aware of some of the likely causes of single vehicle accidents and to be able to take steps to avoid these types of crashes.
Causes of Single Vehicle Accidents While the cause of the Greenville crash has not yet been disclosed, there are many possible causes of single vehicle accidents to be aware of. Some of the possible reasons for single vehicle accidents include:
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Icy roads or low visibility
- Potholes or debris on the road
- Poorly designed roadways
- Vehicle defects
- Animals in the road, especially deer
In some cases the single vehicle crash is the fault of the driver, such as when a driver is speeding and loses control of his vehicle. In other situations, however, there may be a third party responsible for the accident even though it involved only a single car and driver.
Your Rights in Single Vehicle Accidents
When a single vehicle South Carolina accident occurs, you may be left trying to obtain compensation from your own insurer, the extent of which will depend upon the type of insurance coverage that you have. In other cases, you may be injured as a passenger and faced with the prospect of recovering damages from a friend or family member’s insurance policy. This is no different than filing a claim against the driver of another vehicle and is always best done by an experienced attorney.
And, under certain circumstances, you may be able to hold a third party responsible and file a lawsuit to recover damages.
For example, if your single vehicle accident happened because the brakes on your car malfunctioned or the accelerator on your car malfunctioned, then you may be able to sue the manufacturer of the car after your accident. If your car accident occurred as a result of problems with the roads, then you could potentially sue the entity responsible for road maintenance. Suing a government entity, however, can be much more complicated because of various immunity protections in place that make it harder to sue the government.
In any situation where a single vehicle accident happened and you suspect you might be entitled to compensation, it is important to get legal help from an attorney who can advise you on whether there are any potential defendants who could become responsible for compensating you. The monetary and non-economic damages from single vehicle crashes can be high, and can include not just medical bills and lost income but also damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress. If a third party is responsible for the accident, they should be required to pay.
Even when dealing with your own insurance company, you cannot count on a fair deal when it’s the insurer’s turn to write the check. Seeing legal advice is always your best option.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an accident lawyer today.
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