Often, there is more involved in a single-vehicle car accident than what would first meet the eye. When individuals are involved in an accident with injuries, and only one car is involved, it is possible to conclude that all the liability is on the driver. However, other circumstances could be responsible for the collision that was the fault of the driver at all.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents passengers who were injured in single vehicle collisions in the Chicagoland area. Our firm remains fully committed to ensuring that you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to receive under Illinois law. Contact us for a free case evaluation.
Single Vehicle Auto Accident Causes
According to Illinois law, there can be various incidences where a car accident involving a single vehicle was not the driver’s sole fault, or their fault at all. Below, are the listed examples of other factors that could cause accidents that include:
- A Poorly Maintained Road – Roadways with low friction, faded lines, and potholes can all cause of single vehicle accidents. When the roadway is poorly maintained and a crash or collision occurs, the city, county or other municipality responsible for maintaining the road could be held legally responsible in a court of law. This is because if road defects were present that caused the accident, it is the legal responsibility of road maintenance to clearly indicate any defect using a barrier or cone.
- Auto Product Liability – Car crashes are often caused by defective automotive parts. While it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to maintain their car, there can be specific defects from the auto manufacturer and/or auto part company that are out of the control of the owner. As an example, auto manufacturers are continuously recalling their vehicles when there is a product liability problem of a defective part, which could cause serious collisions or accidents, like defective tires or malfunctioning shocks.
- Defective Road Signals and Signs – Road signs and traffic delineators need to be in place to maintain the safety of flowing traffic. Anytime a traffic signal breaks, a sign is concealed by large trees and overgrown bushes, or lines painted on the road become too faded, a serious crash can occur. Any defective signal or missing road signage is usually ample proof that the collision or crash was not the driver’s fault.
- Road Debris – Debris tends to be a common occurrence on roadways, where car parts flying off vehicles or loose cargo makes its way onto the roadway. Dead roadkill animals, trash, and other debris can create a significant road impediment that causes drivers to swerve their cars in an effort to avoid hitting objects on the road.
Run Off The Road Car Crashes
Single vehicle car accidents can occur when the vehicle is run off the road. In fact, more than three out of every ten fatal car accidents in the U.S. every year are directly associated with a “run off the road” crash. These accidents are usually caused when the car strikes some fixed object, including guardrails, the median, debris, or trees.
As a way to prevent "run off the road" collisions, many roadway designs call for wider shoulders, improved curb banking, and higher friction on the roadway. Anytime debris is left on the road surface, it needs to be removed as quickly as possible. When left on the road, serious car accidents can occur. Debris is just one of the many factors of a run off the road accident that did not involve driver negligence.
Legal Options In The Aftermath Of A Single Vehicle Accident
Any motorist or passenger who has suffered injury needs to hire experienced car accident attorneys as quickly as possible. This is because crucial evidence about the roadway needs to be gathered just after the accident occurs, especially if roadway debris is involved. In addition, witnesses of the accident are usually a crucial component to a single vehicle accident claim for compensation. It may be that the motorist was involved in a single car accident because of the negligent actions of other drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians.
It is important to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC when injured in a single-vehicle car accident in Chicago. The attorneys offer a no-obligation, free consultation and provide advice on documenting injuries and seeking the best medical attention. In addition, the experienced law firm can gather pertinent information concerning the crash to provide financial compensation for pain, suffering, injuries and property damage. Call us at (888) 424-5757 or fill out our online contact form make an appointment with an experienced lawyer.