Injured in a Single Vehicle Accident?
Call a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney
There may be much more to a single-vehicle car accident than meets the eye. When someone is involved in an accident in which they were the only car involved, it may be simple to say that the sole liability lies with the driver. This is not always the case. If you were involved in a single vehicle accident, you will need to file an auto accident claim with your insurance. Whether you are just beginning the claims process or you need legal assistance for a denied or unfavorable claim, a lawyer from our firm may be able to assist you.
Causes of Single Vehicle Auto Accidents
There are actually many instances in which a single vehicle car accident is not the driver's fault, or sole fault. Listed below are examples of these types of accidents:
Poorly Maintained Roads
Potholes, faded lines and roads with low friction can all be the cause of single vehicle accidents. When a road is poorly maintained and an accident occurs, the city (or whoever maintains the road) could potentially be held responsible. If there are road defects, they should be clearly indicated by cones or other barriers. Road defects should be remedied.
Auto Product Liability
Some car accidents are caused by defective car parts. While an owner has a responsibility to maintain their vehicle, there are certain defects that cannot be controlled. An example of recent auto product liability would be the Toyota recalls for unintended acceleration. These are car accident cases, but they are also product liability cases.
Defective Road Signs/Signals
Traffic delineators and road signs are designed for the safe flow of traffic. When a signal is broken, a sign is concealed by overgrown brush or lines on the road have faded beyond recognition, serious accidents can occur. In the event that your accident is caused by defective road signage, you may be able to file a claim against the city or whoever maintains the road.
Debris in the Road
Cargo and even car parts can fly off of vehicles and into the road. Also, other debris such as trash and even road kill can result in serious road impediments. If you swerved to avoid hitting debris and were involved in an accident, you may not be totally liable.
Run-Off Road Collisions
These are commonly classified as single vehicle car accidents. As many as 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in the United States are run-off-road crashes. These types of accidents are commonly caused by a vehicle striking a fixed object such as debris, a median, or a tree. In order to prevent these types of accidents from occurring, many roads are now build with wide shoulders, higher friction and improved curve banking. If at all possible, any debris in the road should be removed as soon as possible. When this does not happen, serious accidents can occur. Not all run-off-road accidents are caused by driver negligence, but some are.
Hard-Hitting Lawyers for Las Vegas Car Accident Claims
If you or someone you love was involved in a single vehicle car accident, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Shook & Stone is passionate about securing maximum financial compensation for clients, and always fight to ensure this happens, no matter how complex the case may seem. Even if you are unsure of whether you need an attorney's help, a free consultation can shed light on the matter. Contact a Las Vegas, Nevada car accident lawyer at our firm and find out how we can help.