When Are Drivers Not Liable for One-Car Accidents?
There are numerous reasons why you might not be liable for a single-car accident. Some examples are:
There are times when a car part is defective and the company recalls it. Unfortunately, in most cases, these recalls are not put in place until a driver is in an accident and reports the issue. If a vehicle defect caused your accident, you should file a product liability lawsuit to recover damages you suffered because of the manufacturer’s negligence.
Poorly Maintained Roads
Your accident may have been caused by a large pothole or poorly iced roads during a snowstorm. If this is the case, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the city, county, or another government agency responsible for maintaining roads.
Accidents Caused by Other Drivers
There are times when another driver causes a single-vehicle accident. For instance, if a cyclist turns into your lane without looking or swerves into the intersection, your first instinct is probably to veer to avoid hitting the rider. But this means you’ll most likely hit something else, such as a guard rail or a tree. If you didn’t hit the cyclist, then you may be able to hold them liable.
Drunk Driving and Single-Vehicle Accidents
Intoxicated people hit things when they drive. If a court finds you guilty of driving under the influence, you may have to pay restitution to repair any damage that resulted from the accident. Whether your insurance company will compensate you for your injuries will depend on your plan and your attorney’s ability to negotiate with an adjuster.