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How Do Single Vehicle Collisions Happen? Explained by the Best Car Crash Attorneys


You could be driving down the road when suddenly, something or someone comes in front of your vehicle out of nowhere, and you have a split second to decide to either collide with this someone or something, or swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with them. Sometimes, a vehicle part might fail and the driver loses control of their vehicle, leaving them no option at all whether to collide with the someone or something or swerve out of the way and potentially crash into something else. Each instance could result in an accident that is considered as a single vehicle collision. Below, our expert team of car crash attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down more reasons that  single vehicle collisions occur with examples to help you better understand the scenarios.

6 Ways Single Vehicle Collisions Can Occur


  1. Another driver can be the reason a single vehicle collision occurs if they were driving recklessly and cause the aggrieved driver to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit by them. For example, say that Linda is driving on the right-hand lane of a multiple lane road and the car in the lane next to her is texting while driving. This other driver swerves far into Linda’s lane. Linda swerves onto the sidewalk, crashing into a fire hydrant to avoid being hit by the other driver. In this case, the reason the crash occurred was because of the other person’s reckless driving, though their vehicle isn’t physically impacted by the collision.  
  2. Poor roadway conditions such as potholes can be the reason for a single vehicle collision. If a driver drives atop a pothole, for example, the pothole can damage the vehicle. Depending on the damage, it might cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash into an object, resulting in a single vehicle collision. Another example of a single vehicle collision that can occur due to poor road conditions is if a driver swerves out of the way to avoid hitting the pothole, but instead ends up crashing into another object such as a post sign on the side of the road.
  3. Vehicle part failures can be the reason for a single vehicle collision as well if the vehicle part that fails causes a driver to lose control of the vehicle. For example, say that the brakes fail as the driver is attempting to back up in a parking lot, causing the driver to crash into a light post. Consider this other example: a person is driving on a highway when a power steering pump failure occurs, causing their steering wheel to lock. The driver no longer has control of their steering wheel, and this can cause them to crash into someone or something if they cannot break in time to avoid the crash. 
  4. Nature can cause single vehicle collision accidents to occur as well. Imagine a driver on a roadway getting hit by a falling tree branch - the getting hit by a falling tree branch is considered a single vehicle collision. Another example of single vehicle collision would be if the driver were to swerve out of the way to avoid being hit by the tree branch, resulting in them crashing into another object, such as another tree on the sidewalk. 
  5. Animals can cause a single vehicle accident as well. Imagine driving down the road when a deer darts out of nowhere onto the highway just feet away from your vehicle. You have a split second to either decide whether to hit the animal or swerve out of the way to avoid the collision. Whether you hit the animal or swerve out of the way and hit a tree, both cases can result in a single vehicle collision. 
  6. The driver of the vehicle involved in the single vehicle collision themself can cause a single accident collision (if they hit a pedestrian or bicyclist). A car accident when a driver hits a pedestrian or a bicyclist is considered a single vehicle collision. A car accident that occurs when a driver crashes into another object when swerving out of the way to avoid hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist is considered a single vehicle collision as well.

Available Damages for Injuries Sustained From a Car Crash


A car accident lawyer can ensure that you are compensated for all of the damages you are eligible for by helping you each step of the way. The following are the available damages for injuries sustained in an accident:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for monetary losses. They are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of the injuries that were sustained in an accident. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5% of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

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