Can I Recover Compensation for a Single-Car Accident?
When you’ve been in a multiple-car accident, the proceedings are clear. If the other driver caused the accident, he or she will be the defendant in your claim, and you can receive compensation from him or her.
But if you were the only driver involved, you’re likely wondering, “Can I recover compensation for a single-car accident?”
In some cases, it is possible. After all, while there may not be another person directly causing your accident, other factors will play into your crash. If you’re not certain, be sure to speak to a lawyer at Bohn & Fletcher, LLP.
Environmental Causes of Accidents
While you might have been the only one involved in the crash, that doesn’t mean you were responsible for it. If you lost control of your car because of unsafe road conditions, you may have the right to sue a government agency for your damages.
The government is responsible for laws on road conditions and upkeep, which makes sure that all citizens have access to safe roadways. Unfortunately, these roadways are not always properly maintained.
If your accident was caused by road conditions, such as a steep shoulder drop-off, potholes, or other hazardous conditions, you deserve compensation, but be sure to act fast—you will only have six months to file if you sue a government agency, or your case will be dismissed.
Manufacturing Defects May Cause Your Crash
Your car itself may be the cause for your crash. While we expect our vehicles to run properly, a manufacturer might have left a serious defect in some part of your car, and that could be the cause of your accident. Manufacturers have an obligation to keep consumers safe—with very few exceptions.
Below are just a few examples of defects that could cause your accident:
- Defective brakes
- Airbags that deploy improperly
- Rolling over while driving normally
While these hazards may not be obvious to someone unfamiliar with auto engineering, our firm can help you find the right sources to pinpoint the cause of your accident so you can pursue compensation.
Talk to a San Jose Car Accident Lawyer
A single-car crash is scary, and you may be thinking that you’ll be the one paying for it. We can help you understand how to recover compensation for a single-car accident. Then, we can help you get the results you need.
Determining fault on your own isn’t easy, but our firm can get you on the right track. We offer free consultations, so we can help answer your question before you ever get started.