Determining Liability in Single-Vehicle Accidents
Single-vehicle accidents are among the most frustrating types of accidents that a person can endure. It might seem as though there is no recourse for the driver when this kind of accident course especially if only the driver remains at the scene. But various factors outside a driver’s control can all cause an accident.
Who is Liable?
In general, car accidents involve two or more cars at a time. In those cases, determining liability can be as easy as looking at both cars and determining who’s at fault. In the case of the single-vehicle accident, there is one vehicle and the cause of the accident is often something the driver did like distracted or intoxicated driving. But this isn’t always the case – there are a number of factors that could cause a single-vehicle accident. Below are some of the most common:
Not covering routine maintenance, manufacturing defects could cause a single vehicle accident. Faulty breaks, bad alignment, defective steering mechanisms and more could all cause an accident even if the driver is operating the vehicle safely.
- Quick Reactions
Reckless drivers plague the road regardless of how safe those around them drive. Reckless driving like swerving in and out of lanes or unexpectedly braking could lead to a driver reacting quickly. In trying to avoid an accident with another car, a driver may swerve off the road and strike public property. The same situation applies to drivers simply trying to avoid jaywalking pedestrians, children in the street, and cyclists.
- Damaged Roads
Substandard maintenance of roads and paths result in potential hazards in the road like potholes, cracks, and other difficult obstacles to drive through.
Accidents happen – even when it’s just one person, that person still has rights. If you or a loved one has been involved in a single-vehicle accident that was caused by factors outside your control, contact the law offices of Lombardi and Lombardi today to schedule your case evaluation.
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