A single-vehicle accident can be just as serious as an accident involving two or more vehicles. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a single-vehicle accident, you may think there is nothing you can do. That is simply not true. Weather conditions, road conditions, and even car defects may have caused your accident and injuries. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our diligent Syracuse car accident attorneys have helped many clients establish liability in single-vehicle accidents and can help you as well.
A single-vehicle accident is a type of road traffic collision in which only one vehicle is involved. These accidents are more common than you may think. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveal that approximately 55 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2016 occurred in single-vehicle crashes. That same year, there were 631 deaths caused by single-vehicle accidents in New York, making up 61 percent of the total traffic fatalities in the state. Some common examples of such accidents include but are not limited to:
- Run-off-road accidents,
- Collisions with fallen rocks or debris on the road,
- Rollover crashes within the roadway,
- Collisions with fences or construction barriers, and
- Collisions with animals.
Depending on the facts of your case, there could be many responsible parties for your single-vehicle accident. In some cases, the vehicle manufacturer may be liable if your accident was a direct result of a defect in the vehicle. Not all defects are immediately apparent, so, many times, finding a defect requires some investigation. In other cases, single-vehicle accidents may be direct results of poor road design or maintenance. Some examples of this include malfunctioning traffic lights, potholes, downed utility poles or trees, inadequate signage, and poor road surfaces. Lastly, other people on the road may have caused or contributed to your single-vehicle accident. For instance, you may have been swerving to avoid colliding with a car that improperly made a lane change and ended up hitting a tree instead.
Single-vehicle accidents can lead to devastating, even deadly injuries that can be extremely costly to treat. If liability is established, the plaintiff will be able to recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages due to missed work, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other losses stemming from the accident.
Liability in a single-vehicle accident case can be complicated. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a single-car accident, you need to consult the skilled Syracuse auto accident attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers. With years of experience, we understand how to investigate these accidents, and we can provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. We are committed to helping our clients understand their rights and getting them the compensation they rightfully deserve. For a no-obligation consultation regarding your accident, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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