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Single-Car Accident Victims Should Always have their Case Reviewed by an Attorney

Single-vehicle accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. In many cases, victims of these kinds of accidents assume that because there were no other drivers involved, they must be responsible for the crash and cannot pursue financial recovery from other sources. While it is the case that many single-car accidents are caused by drivers themselves, this is not always true, and there are many cases in which victims of single-car accidents can pursue financial recovery from another party. Two of the most common scenarios are detailed below. For more specific information or for advice regarding a particular incident, call a car injury attorney in Orlando or Central Florida, as soon as possible.

Accidents can be Caused by Poorly Maintained or Designed Roads

In a significant number of single-car accidents, issues with the way the roadway was designed or maintained played a role. There are several types of roadway issues that could contribute to a serious accident, including the following:

  • Potholes
  • Ineffective drainage
  • Negligent roadway design
  • Shoulder drop-offs
  • Lack of adequate signage
  • Faded or missing lane markings
  • Overgrown trees or bushes
  • Faulty traffic signals
  • Missing signs
  • Inadequate guardrails

After a single-car accident, it is important to have a skilled attorney thoroughly review the way in which the accident occurred in order to determine whether there is any evidence to indicate that a roadway defect caused or contributed to the crash. If the defect was obvious and you are able, it is a good idea to take a picture of the hazard that you believe caused your accident while you are still at the scene.

Importantly, most claims that arise due to poor road manufacture or design involve initiating a legal action against the state or municipal agency that is responsible for the road maintenance. However, whenever an individual sues the government, a special set of legal rules applies that significantly limits the time in which a claim may be brought. For this reason, anyone injured in an automobile accident caused by a defective roadway should speak with a vehicle injury attorney immediately in order to safeguard his or her claim.

Single-Vehicle Accidents can Occur Due to Vehicle Defects

Another reason single-vehicle accidents can occur is due to defects with the vehicle itself. In these cases, it may be possible for victims to recover compensation from the company that manufactured the vehicle or the retailer and/or dealer that sold the car. Some of the more common kinds of vehicle defects that often result in accidents include the following:

  • Faulty brakes
  • Defective headlights
  • Tire defects
  • Power steering malfunctions
  • Headlamp failures
  • Cruise control problems
  • Airbag defects that result in unintended deployment

Establishing that an accident was caused by a car defect can be a complicated process requiring the collection of a significant amount of evidence. In addition, vehicle manufacturers tend to aggressively defend these cases because a one instance of a defect may expose them to liability for other accidents as well.

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident that you suspect may have been caused by a defective vehicle or a poorly designed or maintained road, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Orlando auto injury attorney Jonathan K. Allen is a skilled litigator who is dedicated to ensuring each client he represents obtains the largest settlement or award available under the law. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Allen, please call J. Allen Law, P.L. today, or send us an email through our convenient online contact form.

Note: Above is a simplification and a brief overview provided for informational purposes only. There are additional considerations and exceptions that could be applicable to your specific circumstances. You should not rely on any information provided here and should seek an experienced and caring litigation attorney as soon as possible before making any decisions.


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