Car accidents can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons. While we often think of car accidents as involving two or more vehicles, that is not always the case. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) report shows that in 2013, nearly fifty-seven percent of nationwide motor vehicle deaths involved single-vehicle accidents.
Single-vehicle accidents impact many Americans and Floridians every year. Still, because single-vehicle accidents only involve one driver, many drivers may incorrectly assume that he or she is not entitled to recover. Accidents can occur as a result of driver-related errors but can also occur as a result of another’s negligence. Whenever a single-vehicle accident results from another person’s negligence, the victim may be able to recover damages from the responsible party.
Although each case is unique, some common causes of single-vehicle accidents are as follows:
Another Driver’s Negligence
A driver who is not involved in an accident may ultimately cause the accident itself. Negligent drivers may force another vehicle off the road where it strikes a fixed object or some other act may result in injuring the driver.
Manufacturer or Design Defect
Accidents may not be caused by a driver at all. Instead, a manufacturing defect may cause the accident. The defect causing the accident can be part of the design of the vehicle itself or be caused by a defectively manufactured part of the vehicle, including brakes or tires.
Negligently Designed or Maintained Roads
Single-vehicle accidents may also be caused by dangerous road conditions that the local municipality has negligently failed to maintain. Dangerous conditions such as potholes, dangerous inclines, or the lack of warning signs for known hazards may lead to single-vehicle accidents.
Contact a St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorney Today
Being involved in a single-vehicle accident does not necessarily preclude you from recovering those losses suffered. A knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney can review the facts of your case and work with you to help you recover the damages to which you are entitled. The skilled car accident lawyers of Berkowitz & Myer know how to represent your rights. Call 727-344-0123 and schedule your consultation today.