Is a Single Vehicle Accident Always Your Fault?

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If you are involved in a car accident where there are no other vehicles involved, it may be assumed that you are the one that caused the collision. However, depending on the scenario, someone else may actually be at at fault for the crash.

Single-car accidents frequently occur, especially where there’s the potential for pedestrians and objects to be in the road and drivers must avoid them. JustCallMoe’s team may be able help you if you’re in a single-vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault. Call our Florida car accident attorneys if you’ve been injured due to no fault of your own.

What Qualifies As a Single-Vehicle Accident?

A single-vehicle crash is an accident where one automobile takes the impact. Other vehicles may be involved in the accident but do not get involved in the actual collision. Here are a few examples of such accidents:

  • An object falls off of another vehicle and you must swerve to avoid it, which causes you to crash.
  • Another driver cuts into your lane, causing you to swerve while trying to avoid it, and you end up in a ditch or hitting a tree.
  • A drunk driver causes you to hit a wall as you try to avoid them.
  • A wet road that causes you to skid and hit a fence.
  • A construction company spills oil on the road causing you to lose control of your vehicle.

Scenarios Where the Driver is Liable

It’s important to exercise caution when road conditions are less than ideal. For example, was the driver going too fast in poor weather? Drivers in single-car accidents who don’t use due diligence may be held liable.

Scenarios When the Driver is Not Liable

However, the events that lead up to the accident are sometimes out of your control. If another motorist causes you to swerve, a collision may not be your fault. The proximate actions of the other driver caused you to be involved in an accident, even if you did not hit them.

Another reason why you may not be held liable is a case where the vehicle is defective. It is the obligation of the carmaker to ensure that the vehicle works correctly. If the accident was caused by a defect, such as a poor braking system, in some cases the automaker is liable for the crash.

Get Legal Assistance After a Single-Vehicle Accident

Contact the accident lawyers at JustCallMoe if you have been involved in a single-vehicle accident. We have experienced lawyers in personal injury and accident cases who will fight to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries. Do not just accept liability! Let a lawyer handle the case for you.

Single-Vehicle Accident FAQs

What is a contributory fault?

A contributory fault is a case where another driver’s actions partially caused the accident. They are partially liable for the accident.

Can passengers get compensated for a single-vehicle accident?

As a passenger in a vehicle, you are almost never at fault. If the vehicle that you were in crashes, you may have a claim against the driver, the owner of the vehicle, and the person who caused the accident.

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