Figuring out what happened leading up to a single-vehicle collision often requires a careful investigation of a vehicle’s parts, road conditions, and a driver’s actions. These accidents often lead to serious injuries to victims, who are then faced with the costs and time of recovery. The Port St. Lucie attorneys at Donaldson & Weston help these victims pursue proper legal action against any responsible parties.
Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys Assisting Port St. Lucie Victims
Single-vehicle collisions only involve one car, usually striking an inanimate object such as a pole or median. These types of accidents can lead to serious injuries for the drivers and passengers involved, especially when an impact is head-on. Victims injured in a single-vehicle collision may think that they are without legal rights or options, since responsibility for such accidents is often assumed to be on the driver, who is sometimes the sole victim involved. However, other factors can contribute to causing this type of accident, and therefore, another party may be liable for the injuries sustained. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist people who have been injured in a single-vehicle collision with pursuing financial compensation from insurance companies or another liable party. If you have suffered an injury, or a loved one has been killed in a single-vehicle collision, contact our office today to see how we can help.
Contributing Factors in Single-Vehicle Collisions
Single-vehicle collisions may involve a driver losing control, causing a car to strike a tree, a guardrail, or another object. Sometimes these accidents are due to a driver’s carelessness, but other issues can also lead to single-vehicle collisions, including:
- Slippery or wet roads, or roadways that are in disrepair
- Inability for drivers to see signs, due to overgrown landscape
- Road hazards, such as branches in the road or other debris
- Construction zones that lack proper markings or that are in disarray
- Manufacturing or design defects in a vehicle, or one of its parts
Driver negligence is also a cause of many single-vehicle accidents, which often result in injuries to passengers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Some examples of negligent actions include drunk driving, texting, speeding, and driving erratically during inclement weather. Single-vehicle crashes can also be called “run-off-road” (ROR) collisions, when vehicles veer off the road to hit a fixed object.
Legal Action for Single-Vehicle Accident Victims
Injured passengers can retain an attorney to try to hold a negligent driver responsible for injuries sustained in a single-vehicle collision. Additionally, a driver who is injured due to another party’s negligence can seek legal remedies. For example, a municipality or property owner responsible for maintaining a road may also be liable for a crash that is caused by hitting a deep pothole or another road hazard. Negligence exists when one party breaches a duty to act reasonably toward another party, causing their injuries and resulting in damages. Drivers owe other road users a duty of reasonable care, and property owners also owe people visiting their premises certain levels of care, including keeping their property free from dangerous hazards.
If a driver is partially, or even mostly, negligent in causing their own injuries, legal action is still possible. Florida follows a ‘pure comparative fault’ theory of awarding damages. Under this scheme, even if a driver is found to be 60 percent at fault in an accident, they can be awarded 40 percent of the damages from another negligent party. Damages available for victims of single-vehicle accidents may include past and future medical expenses, property loss, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and in some instances, pain and suffering compensation.