Who is Liable in a Single Vehicle Accident?

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A single-vehicle accident is, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence. These accidents usually happen due to weather conditions, such as slick roads or low visibility due to fog. However, these accidents are often caused by the negligence of the driver and no one else. But who else can be liable in these situations?

Who is Responsible?

The short answer is that it depends on the circumstances of the accident. Many different factors can come into play when dealing with a single-vehicle accident. These can include:

  • A negligent driver
  • A medical emergency
  • A defective auto part

When the Driver is Negligent

If the driver is found to be at fault for the accident, they will be held liable. This means that the driver will be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of the accident. This can include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. If the driver does not have insurance, or the insurance is not enough to cover the damages, the driver may have to pay out of pocket. Examples of driver negligence are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued Driving

Accident Due to Sudden Medical Emergency

When a single-vehicle accident is caused by a sudden medical emergency (i.e., heart attack or stroke), drivers may not be liable for damages. This is because these types of accidents are beyond the driver's control. They would, however, need to prove three elements:

  1. The driver lost consciousness before the accident occurred.
  2. A medical emergency caused the loss of consciousness.
  3. The medical emergency was unexpected and unforeseen.

This can be quite a challenging battle to fight with insurance companies, which is why it is so essential to work with an experienced car accident attorney.

Defective Car Parts

If a defective car part is the cause of the accident, the manufacturer of that part can be held liable. This is due to the fact that manufacturers have a duty to produce safe products. If they fail to do so and it results in an accident, they can be held liable. Typical instances of car vehicle defects include:

  • A vehicle that has defectively designed or improperly installed brakes.
  • A car that may be designed too top-heavy, resulting in a rollover accident.
  • Faulty airbags that either do not deploy or explode upon impact.

Let Flahavan Law Offices Fight For Your Rights!

No one should have to go through the aftermath of a car accident alone. If you or someone you know has been injured in a single-vehicle accident, contact Flahavan Law Offices today. We will review your case and help determine who is liable for the damages.

If you have been injured in a car accident, call us today at (707) 414-0119 or fill out our form online for a free consultation.

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