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 6 Ways Single Vehicle Collisions Can Occur

Driving requires a lot of attention on the road. Vehicles operate on different speeds depending on who is driving, which is why it is important to be aware of your surroundings when you are out and about. There have been cases where a driver was not quick enough to react to a vehicle ahead or had an issue with their own vehicle not responding to their controls. This leaves the driver to have no option but to get into an accident. Under this type of circumstance, the driver is getting his or herself into a single-vehicle collision. Below, our expert team of car crash attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down single-vehicle collisions.

6 Reasons for Single Vehicle Collision

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  1. Another driver could be the reason behind a single-vehicle collision. A reckless driver making negligent decisions on the road could influence another driver nearby to swerve away from them in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, there have been cases where the aggrieved driver got into a collision with an object or road hazard as they were attempting to steer away from an aggressive driver. For example, Linda was driving on the right-hand lane of a multi-lane road. She noticed the vehicle next to her had a driver who was texting and driving. This driver began to swerve far into Linda’s lane. Linda is forced to steer her vehicle onto the sidewalk, thus causing her to crash into a fire hydrant. In this situation, Linda’s accident occurred due to the negligent driver who was texting and driving.
  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 behind a single-vehicle collision. If the vehicle part fails, it will cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle. For example, a driver is attempting to back up in a parking lot. However, their brakes fail on them, thus causing the driver to crash into a light post. Here is another example: An individual is driving on the highway. During this drive, the power steering pump stops working, thus causing the steering wheel to lock. The driver is no longer able to control the steering wheel. This type of situation would get the driver into a car accident since they are not able to break in time to avoid a crash.
  4. Nature can cause single-vehicle accidents, as well. For example, a driver could be on the road, when all of a sudden, they get hit by a tree branch. Another example could be a driver attempting to swerve out of the way to avoid getting hit by a tree branch, however, they end up crashing into a tree.
  5. Animals may also contribute to single-vehicle accidents. For example, you are driving down the road when you notice a deer jump into the middle of the street. You have a split second to either hit the animal or swerve out of the way to avoid impact. If you steer into a different direction, you are risking the chances of getting involved in an accident with an object or road hazard nearby. Either way, you are going to get yourself into a single-vehicle collision
  6. The driver of a vehicle could cause a single-vehicle accident all on their own. When a driver gets into a collision with a pedestrian or bicyclist, it is considered as a single-vehicle collision. For example, you are driving on the road and barely notice an object ahead of you. You make an attempt to steer out of the way to avoid hitting the object laying on the road, however, you get yourself into a single-vehicle collision with a nearby pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk.

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, such as:

  • 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 percent 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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If you have sustained any injuries as a result of a car accident, our experienced team of car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for the damages you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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