Dallas Single-Car Accident Attorney
When we see a car accident while commuting to or from work, it usually involves two, three or more vehicles. And it is understandable why, as it is only a matter of time before some driver rear-ends another vehicle due to failing to maintain a safe distance or gets into a side-impact collision after failing to yield the right of way.
But there are many car accidents that involve only one vehicle, the so-called single-car accidents. In these crashes where only one party is involved, a driver usually crashes into a building, traffic sign, pole, tree, or any other stationary object.
Misconception about single-car accidents
After a single-car crash, the vast majority of drivers catch themselves thinking, “Well, that’s unfortunate because I will not be able to seek compensation for my damages and losses since I’m the only party involved!” That’s a common misconception because you may still be able to recover damages even if you are the only party involved.
“Just because you are the only party involved does not necessarily mean that you are at-fault for causing that crash,” explains our Dallas car accident attorney at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde. You may still be able to hold another individual or entity responsible for causing your single-car crash even if you were partially at fault for causing it.
Liability in a single-vehicle crash
Determining liability in a single-vehicle accident may feel like a herculean task because your insurance company will do whatever it takes to deny your personal injury or property damage claim. Oftentimes, this means conducting a biased investigation to “prove” your fault, delaying investigation, or ignoring your claim altogether.
For example, if you lose control of your vehicle and crash into a tree, your insurance company will most likely attempt to convince you that you cannot seek reimbursement for your damages and losses just because you were the only party involved. In reality, with the help of an experienced single-vehicle accident attorney Dallas by your side, you may be able to identify another party whose negligence caused or contributed to your crash.
How other parties may be at fault for your single-car crash
Let’s get back to our original scenario in which you crash your vehicle into a tree. In this single-car crash, the investigation may show that:
- You were the only party to blame (for example, you got distracted by your cell phone, and, as a result, crashed into a tree)
- You were partially to blame for the single-car crash (for example, your accident was caused by both a manufacturing defect in the vehicle and the fact that you were operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol) or
- Another party was fully at fault for causing your single-vehicle accident (for example, you lost control of your vehicle after hitting a pothole, and, as a result, crashed into a tree; in that case, a public entity that failed to repair the pothole may be held responsible for causing the crash)
Schedule a free consultation with our single-car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to establish fault in your case. Do not let your insurance company deny or limit your claim. Get legal help by calling at (214) 883-1700.