Single-vehicle accidents can lead to serious and lifelong injuries that can be extremely costly to treat. If you have been injured in a single-vehicle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. At our Law Offices, our Miami car accident lawyers can help you understand your options and figure out how to proceed in your case. While our goal is to settle every case in a timely manner, we are prepared to vigorously advocate for you at trial if necessary.
Last month, a Lake City woman died in a single-car crash when the car crossed over the road’s shoulder and hit a culvert. Upon impact, the car flipped a number of times and ultimately landed on its roof. The woman inside was ejected from the car and died at the scene of the crash. Three others in the car suffered serious injuries. Each of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident except for the woman ejected from the car.
Unfortunately, single-car accidents are quite common. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 55 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2016 occurred in single-vehicle crashes. In Florida, there were 1,670 deaths caused in single-vehicle crashes in 2016, making up 53 percent of the total accident deaths in the state. A single-vehicle accident is a type of road accident in which only one vehicle is involved.
Single-vehicle accidents typically have one of two causes: driver negligence or another party’s negligence. Under Florida law, negligence takes place when a person fails to use the level of care a similarly situated, reasonably prudent person would have used, thereby causing injuries or death to another person. Both driver negligence and another driver’s negligence can take place in a number of ways, including but not limited to drunk driving, distracted driving, recklessness, or aggressive driving.
In some cases, road hazards or defective parts may be the cause of a single-vehicle crash. For example, if a pothole, malfunctioning signal, or faulty design caused your accident, you may be able to sue the government. This is challenging, since there are very specific procedures and narrow filing deadlines to file a claim against the government. If the accident was a result of a defective car part, you may be able to hold the car manufacturer accountable through a products liability claim. In rare cases, an animal wandering onto the road may have caused your single-vehicle crash. You may have hit the animal or gotten into an accident while trying to avoid the animal. In such cases, you may be able to sue the animal owner if the owner’s negligence allowed the animal to roam onto the road and present a danger to drivers.
If negligence is established, the plaintiff will be able to recover a wide range of damages, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages due to missed work, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
If you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident, we can help you get to the bottom of what caused the accident. At our Law Offices, our skilled Miami car accident attorneys can thoroughly review the facts of your situation and determine the merits of your case. We are dedicated to helping South Florida clients pursue the compensation they deserve for their harm. For a free review of your case, call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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