Single Vehicle Accidents

October 08, 2020

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

Single Vehicle Accidents

Not all car wrecks involve two vehicles, but even single-vehicle wrecks are serious. Many single-vehicle accidents leave motorists bloodied, bruised, and in need of critical medical care.

At Indianapolis Injury Lawyers, our team fully reviews all accidents to make sure that our clients have possible avenues to receive compensation. In some cases, a victim injured in a single-vehicle accident can bring a claim against the entity or person responsible for the crash. Reach out to us as soon as possible.

Identify the Person or Entity at Fault

The fact that only one vehicle was involved in a wreck does not mean that the victim cannot file a claim for compensation. There are many situations where someone else is still at fault:

  • Another vehicle cut off the victim. Although they did not collide, the victim’s car hit a tree or slid down an embankment.
  • A defect on the road caused the motorist to lose control. For example, shoulders might be faulty or a giant pothole could cause a temporary loss of control.
  • Defective maintenance on a vehicle could cause it to malfunction, leading to an accident. For example, a mechanic might have put the brake pads on in the wrong manner, causing them to fail.
  • A defect on the vehicle itself could cause it to crash. For example, a defective steering column could make a motorist swerve into oncoming traffic and suffer a head-on collision.

Of course, in some single-vehicle accidents, the motorist truly is to blame. For example, they might have been driving too fast in poor conditions or they lost control when going around a corner. But if someone else contributed to the wreck, then there might be a chance to get compensation.

How to Document a Single Vehicle Accident

It is critically important to still call the police out to the scene of the wreck. An officer will look at your vehicle and any other evidence before taking down your story of how you were involved in a crash. This report can be solid evidence that events transpired as you claim.

The key issue with a single-vehicle accident is that an insurer might claim that you actually caused the accident yourself and are trying to blame someone else. You will want solid evidence that someone else is at least partially responsible for your injuries

If you were run off the road or swerved to avoid an out-of-control car, then you should provide police with a description of the vehicle and the driver, if you saw them. If a defect on the vehicle contributed to the crash, your attorney can have a mechanic look at it.

When road defects are to blame, please photograph the hazard the day of the accident. This helps provide proof that the hazard existed. Your attorney can then investigate to identify who is responsible for the road, which could be a private contractor or, ultimately, the government.