Single-vehicle accidents are accidents in which only one vehicle is involved. In order to make a personal injury claim, another party must be found negligible, or responsible, for your accident. When only one vehicle is involved in a crash, the most likely culprit will often be the driver behind the wheel. However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if you were injured as a passenger in a single-vehicle accident, you might have the right to make a claim. If you were in a single-vehicle accident and it is determined that another factor, like poor road maintenance, road debris, or a vehicle defect was responsible for your crash, you may still have the right to make a claim against negligent parties. The Cooper Law Firm is a Texas personal injury law firm that may be able to assist you with making a claim if you have been hurt in a single-vehicle crash.
When Might a Single Vehicle Crash Not Be Considered My Fault in Texas?
In most cases, if only your vehicle was involved in an accident, the driver of the vehicle (you) will generally be considered at fault for the crash. Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the road, to account for changing road conditions, including poor road conditions, and to take precautions to prevent accidents. However, there are several circumstances where a single-vehicle crash might not be considered your fault. One example of this might be a situation where a driver might have been trying to avoid one type of accident, which then resulted in a single vehicle crash because the driver was run off the road. For example, if you are on a two-lane highway and a fatigued truck driver drifts onto the oncoming lane, and you have to swerve off the road to avoid hitting the truck, the truck could still be potentially held responsible for your accident, even if your vehicle was the only one damaged and you were the only one hurt. Another accident type where you might have the right to make a claim is where road debris, or poor road maintenance led to your accident. If the city or state fails to pick up road debris, or fails to fix major problems with a road, and this was a factor in your single-vehicle crash, you might have the right to make a claim under the law. Finally, another situation where a driver might be able to seek damages for a single-vehicle crash is where there was a defect in the vehicle, tire, or other part that resulted in the crash. Failed airbags, airbags that deployed when they shouldn’t have deployed, explosive batteries, explosive airbags, blown tires, problems with brakes or accelerators can all lead to seriously deadly situations where a driver may lose control of the vehicle or may need to take evasive action to avoid a crash.
If you’ve been hurt in a single-vehicle accident, you might think that your only option is to take the blame and make a claim with your insurance company. In some cases, this will be true. However, if you were hurt due to a defect in your vehicle or due to a defective vehicle part, due to road debris, or negligently-maintained roads, or if another driver’s actions on the road resulted in your having to take evasive action to avoid a crash, consider reaching out to the Cooper Law Firm, a Texas personal injury law firm today. Our attorneys can review your case, investigate the causes of your accident, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law. You may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Seek help from the Cooper Law Firm today.
How to Protect Your Rights After a Single-Vehicle Accident
To protect your rights after a single-vehicle accident, always call the police after an accident, especially if your car was damaged or if you or a passenger in your vehicle were hurt. If there were witnesses who saw what happened, gather their names and contact information. You can also report the accident to your insurance company so that adjusters can begin their own investigation. If you’ve been hurt, seek medical attention right away, and follow your doctor’s instructions. Finally, if you believe another person’s actions or neglect may have been responsible for your personal injury case, consider speaking to the Cooper Law Firm, personal injury lawyers in Texas today. Our attorneys may be able to assist you with the insurance claim process and with seeking damages from negligent parties. You may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Contact the Cooper Law Firm today to get the process started, or speak to USAttorneys.com to get connected with an attorney at the Cooper Law Firm today.