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Is a single car accident the fault of the driver every time?

Each and every day, individual drivers experience single car accidents. At first glance, it might seem that the issue of liability in a single car accident is open and shut, but there is more complexity in this area than many people realize.

If you experience a single car accident, are you always at fault? In many cases, yes, but not always. Some single car accidents are not the fault of the driver, depending on a number of factors influencing the situation.

This is especially important to consider if you suffer injuries in a single car accident. You may face significant medical expenses and even lost income or other expenses because of the accident, so it is important to determine if anyone else may hold liability.

You can work toward determining the liability in your single car accident by speaking with an experienced attorney who works with car accident cases. An attorney can assess the situation and help you investigate to understand the causes of accident and who may hold liability in a personal injury claim.

When someone else is responsible

There are many elements to every car accident, not just the driver. There's the vehicle itself and also the roadway. The driver is not always able to compensate safely when poor road conditions cause driving danger or something malfunctions in the car.

You may remember years ago, a major automaker faced serious charges after several vehicles accelerated uncontrollably, causing accidents. This is a clear example of single car accidents where the drivers were not at fault. Such an accident may fall to the automaker, or possibly the individual component manufacturer.

Similarly, if a roadway is poorly maintained, it can cause a very serious accident. While it may still be a while until we reach freezing temperatures here in Texas, cold weather often leads to potholes in roads as water collects under roadways, freezes and expands, then thaws.

In this instance, you may be able to sue the municipal entity responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the roadway.

Don't wait to build you claim

If you believe that you may have grounds for a personal injury or property damage claim after a single car accident, you can contact an experienced attorney who will help you understand the many factors at play and identify any strengths in your claim. With proper legal counsel, you can decide how to proceed as you fight for justice.

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