How Single Car Accidents HappenNot all car crashes involve direct impact with another vehicle. Single car accidents can be equally as devastating and result in severe injuries. Some of the most common circumstances surrounding single car accidents can be found below.
- Vehicle Defect: Some cars may have internal problems that cause them to malfunction and crash. There are usually news releases detailing recalls of cars that have faulty brakes, for instance. Others have been found to have defective radiator hoses, which can lead to overheating.
- Road Obstructions and Hazards: There may be some objects in the road that cause you to swerve around them, such as discarded construction equipment, fallen trees, downed power lines, and more. Further, there may be hazards that the city was responsible for fixing, such as obstructed views of street signs, roads that are too narrow, lack of cleanup from spills, and more.
- Negligent Party: If a driver, cyclist, pedestrian, or other party simply pulls out in front of you or swerves past you, it may cause you to veer out of the way to avoid an accident. Although the other individual was not directly involved in the crash, he could be said to have contributed to it, if not caused it to happen.
- Striking an Individual or an Animal: Hitting a pedestrian or animal does not involve another car, and the aftermath can be problematic no matter what the situation.
- Improperly Secured Material: Trucks of varying sizes, cars, and SUVs may transport material on their roofs or in their beds. These materials can range from lumber and pipes to sand and bricks, and in some cases, even other smaller vehicles, animals, and more. If these materials are not properly strapped down and secured, they can fall from the truck, causing injuries.
Legal DetailsSingle car accidents can be messy if you do not know who to sue. However, there are numerous options available depending on the circumstances of your accident. For example, if you were in a car with someone who crashed into a pole after losing control, you could take action against the individual’s insurance company. An overloaded truck can be the result of negligent dock or yard workers, the driver, or the company for allowing or requesting the driver take the load. Any accidents stemming from that overload can be the fault of the company. Similarly, the same can be said of road hazards caused by construction companies that contribute to crashes. Problems with streets and road signs can be attributed to the government responsible for maintaining them. It may be the duty of the city to ensure all street signs are visible, and you could take action against the city if you crashed because there were no signs that indicated a hazard, a turn, or to stop or yield. A defect with the vehicle can, of course, result in a lawsuit against the manufacturer for producing cars that may malfunction and cause accidents. No matter whom the responsible party is, if you were involved in a crash, you should contact our law firm to file a lawsuit and get coverage for all the damages you suffered.
Steps to Take after a Car AccidentDespite only being in a car accident with your own vehicle, there are still similar steps that you should take to ensure that you are safe and will have a fair chance at acquiring compensation from a claim. First and foremost, you should seek medical treatment to gauge your injuries and receive help. Paramedics can treat you at the scene of the crash or transport you to the hospital for more pressing procedures. You should ask for a copy of the notes and make sure the bills arrive in a timely manner. Some people may not feel as though they need medical help or that they were not hurt; if you were not injured, you cannot file a personal injury claim, and waiting too long between the accident and pursuing medical treatment can cause the insurance agent to cast doubt on the extent of your damages. You will need ample evidence of the accident if you were not at fault. You should take pictures of what caused the crash, such as the faulty load of a truck, the obstructed sign on the road, a hazard in the street, or anything else that contributed to the crash. You also will have to take pictures of your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. If there were any eyewitnesses who saw the accident happen, you can ask them for their testimonies and statements. Further, you can request a copy of the police report to further establish who was at fault and whether or not another party acted negligently.
Find out more about how we can help you. CHAT LIVE with a representative now.Finally, you should reach out to a Los Angeles car accident attorney who can file a lawsuit against the responsible party. We’ll walk you through the legal process and will help you get what you deserve.
How an Attorney HelpsFor claims that do not result in bodily harm, you may find it simpler and more cost effective to handle the situation by yourself. Usually, these accidents were minor and caused damage to your vehicle or made you miss work because of the time spent at the scene of the crash. You may also have trouble making it to work thereafter. You should take the mechanic’s estimate for how much it will cost to fix your car and any pay stubs you have and present them to the insurance agent so you can show exactly how much you should be given; generally, these amounts are much lower than what medical bills would cost, and the insurance agent has little room to argue or negotiate. You may not need an attorney to get what you need. However, with cases involving physical injuries, you should always enlist the help of a lawyer. The insurance agent will likely deny your claim and state that you were not as hurt as you said or that you were at fault for the accident and should not expect anyone else to cover the damages. You may be too hurt to deal with all the ensuing headaches that come with legal action, and the increased stress can lengthen the time it takes you to recover. Moreover, you may simply lack the necessary legal experience and knowledge needed to effectively negotiate a fair deal from the insurance agent. Call an expert car crash lawyer in Los Angeles for more assistance.
Establishing NegligencePersonal injury lawsuits are filed on the basis of negligence, or the action or inaction of another party that contributes to an incident of some kind. There are four points of negligence that must be proven; they are:
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant to be kept safe and out of harm’s way
- The duty of care was breached in some manner
- The breach caused an accident or incident of some kind
- The accident caused you to suffer actual physical harm
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Restitution from a Single Car AccidentSome people may be uncertain how much they could potentially earn from a single car accident lawsuit, but merely because only you were involved in the crash does not mean you cannot target a responsible party and receive rightful compensation. The degree of fault of another party can highly influence how much money you receive and what is covered in your claim. Our team of expert lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group will work hard to bring you coverage for the following:
- Medical expenses, including surgery costs, hospitalization fees, ambulatory transportation, medication costs, physical therapy fees, future medical procedures, and more
- Property damage to your vehicle and any personal belongings you had in the car at the time of the accident
- Lost wages from days in which you missed work because of the accident and future lost income from impending absent days because of recovery time and other factors
- Emotional pain and suffering, such as PTSD, fear, anxiety, psychological stress, mental trauma, and more, stemming from the circumstances of the accident
- Punitive damages, which are handed out in the event that a responsible party is grossly negligent in his duties; these damages are difficult to win, however, as they are usually viewed as excessive and unnecessary, so only a talented car crash lawyer will be able to acquire them for you
- Wrongful death expenses stemming from the death of a family member or loved one who was in the vehicle at the time of the crash; these expenses including funeral and burial fees, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of expected inheritance an savings, loss of consortium, and more