Can I Recover Compensation for a Single-Car Accident in Austin?
When people think of car accidents, they automatically think of two or more vehicles colliding. However, in many cases only one car is involved.
It’s easy to assume that you must be at fault for your single-vehicle accident However, there are instances when negligence by another party can cause a single-car crash. When another is at fault, you can file a claim to recover damages.
Your injuries may be costing you a lot of money to treat, putting a strain on your finances. Consulting with an Austin single-car accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP will help you determine who is at fault and how much your claim is worth.
When Someone Else Is to Blame for Your Single-Car Accident
Single-car accidents are not uncommon, accounting for about 55 percent of crash fatalities in the United States. Scenarios that would put fault on another party for your single-car accident can include the following:
- Negligent Road Maintenance or Construction – If an issue with the road, such as potholes, poor lighting, a low shoulder, debris from construction work, or missing signs or guardrails caused your accident, the municipality or the construction contractors may be to blame.
- Negligence by a Third Party – You may have been forced off the road by a careless driver who may have been driving recklessly, improperly changing lanes, drunk or under the influence of drugs, or by many other scenarios. You will need to identify and prove the fault of the negligent driver to receive compensation.
- Defective Vehicle Parts – Due to defective parts, millions of vehicles are recalled every year. When a vehicle defect caused your accident, your vehicle’s manufacturer, the manufacturer of the specific defective part, and the dealership could all be liable for your accident-related injuries and property damage.
When You Are Partially to Blame
Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, under Texas law, you can still be entitled to financial recovery. Texas follows the modified comparative fault rule. As long as you are 50 percent or less responsible for causing the crash, you are entitled to compensation.
Determining the proportion of fault in a single-vehicle car accident requires a thorough investigative legal analysis. An attorney from our firm will assess the circumstances to help you receive a fair and full settlement.
Recovering Damages for Losses Incurred
It’s important for your attorney to access all your losses when negotiating with insurance companies and opposing lawyers. In addition to recouping money for property damage to your car, you are entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages for your injuries:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and future earning potential
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death