When you think of a single-car accident, you might think of a person being driven off the road because there was a cow taking a rest there. Or, you hear about a driver who collided with a tree because the tree was asking for it. In these situations, you probably still blame the driver, right? But are single-car crashes always the fault of the driver?
Believe it or not, they aren’t always the driver’s fault. First of all, those cow herders need to get a handle on their pets. And what if the driver hit that tree because of a tire blowout? Other people can be to blame for a single-car accident, and you are permitted to hold them liable if you can prove they were at fault.
Common Reasons for Single-Car Wrecks Involving Negligence
There are many reasons for single-car crashes to occur in which the driver wouldn’t be to blame.
For example, if you are driving along and the brakes on your vehicle fail, causing you to crash alongside the road, who would be to blame? It could be a mechanic that recently serviced your brakes incorrectly. It could be a negligent manufacturer.
Some common reasons for single-car collisions that are not the fault of the driver include the following:
- Mechanical failure
- Faulty manufacturer-installed parts
- Debris in the roadway
- Tire blowouts
- Poor road conditions
- Animals in the road
- Avoiding collision with other vehicles or pedestrians
Liability in California Single-Car Crashes
As you can see, there are many instances in which you could be in a single-car collision and it not be your fault. So, whose fault is it, then?
Let’s say you crash because of a large pothole in the road. That would be the government’s fault for not maintaining safe road conditions. What if you drive off the road and into a ditch because you were avoiding a stalled car in the middle of the road?
Some more examples of who might be liable in the event that you’re involved in a single-vehicle wreck are listed below:
- A government entity
- A manufacturer
- A mechanic or body shop
- Another driver
- A pedestrian or biker
- Other involved parties
Have You Been in a Single-Vehicle Collision and Don’t Think You’re Responsible?
A single-car collision can lead you to suffer tremendous losses, such as medical care costs, lost income, property damage, pain, suffering, mental and emotional trauma, and loss of life enjoyment. You deserve to be compensated for the damages you’ve suffered in a single-auto wreck not of your making.
Filing a car crash claim against the person responsible for your wreck is the only way to recoup your losses. Filing a case might seem intimidating, but you don’t have to go through this experience alone.
Your lawyer can investigate your wreck, find the evidence needed to prove you didn’t cause your single-car wreck, and then go after the party who is responsible. Call The Kindley Firm, APC now to discuss your case during a free initial consult. Dial 619-550-1313 or complete the form below.