Single-Vehicle Auto Accidents
When most people think of car accidents, they think of two or more vehicles colliding. However, this is not the only kind of vehicle accident that occurs. Many of the wrecks in the Denver area are single-vehicle crashes. Single-vehicle accidents can be just as dangerous as collisions involving multiple cars and, in some cases, the driver of the single-vehicle accident is not entirely at fault for the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a single-vehicle accident, you should consult with the experienced Denver auto accident lawyers at Levine Law. An experienced lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding your single-vehicle accident and help you to determine if another party is liable for the accident and thus responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
The Dangers of Single-Vehicle Accidents
Single-vehicle collisions occur under many circumstances.
Common causes of single-vehicle accidents include:
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
- Driving while drowsy
- Drunk driving
- Hitting an animal
- Debris on the roadway
- Poorly designed roads
- Vehicle defects or lack of maintenance
If a driver causes his or her own single-car accident, such as by driving while texting or intoxicated, then that driver has little recourse. The driver may make a claim with his or her own insurer and obtain what coverage is available, such as collision coverage to repair or replace the vehicle.
However, if someone other than the driver responsible for the crash, then the injured victim can take legal action against the party who was at fault. For example, if a vehicle defect triggered the accident, the injured victim might file a lawsuit against the car's manufacturer. In this type of product liability case, an attorney could help the injured victim obtain compensation by proving that a defect in the vehicle directly caused the accident. There is no need to prove negligence on the part of the carmaker.
If the single-vehicle accident was caused by a defective road, a lawsuit is more difficult. Normally, the government is in charge of road design and maintenance, and certain legal protections give limited immunity to the government's employees and agencies. It is not impossible to sue the government, but special rules apply. You will need to make sure your Denver auto accident lawyers understand how to handle cases against the government.
Getting Help from a Denver Accident Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a single-vehicle crash, you need a lawyer that knows how to handle the nuances of auto accident cases. At Levine Law, our award-winning legal team can help. With more than 20 years of experience representing car accident victims, our Denver auto accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to help you obtain justice. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online now to schedule a free consultation.