Single-vehicle accidents, which are collisions that do not involve other vehicles, can be just as severe as those including multiple cars. When you are involved in a single-vehicle accident, you may believe there is no recourse to be taken because it is hard to claim that the crash was not caused by you. However, dangerous conditions on the road or in your vehicle may contribute to these events. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent Miami residents and other individuals across South Florida who have been involved in a single-vehicle crash. We can help you pursue compensation either from insurance companies or from other parties responsible for causing your harm.Common Causes of Single-Vehicle Accidents
A single-vehicle accident can result in cars spinning out of control and hitting a tree, guardrail, or another object on or off the road. Some of their potential causes include:
- Slippery roadways
- Signs obscured by overgrown landscape or another object
- Road hazards like fallen tree branches
- Patches of ice
- Construction zones that are not clearly marked or otherwise dangerous
- Defective car parts
Of course, single-vehicle crashes can also be caused by a driver’s actions, inflicting serious injuries on not only the driver but also any passengers. Factors involved in some of these collisions include driving under the influence, speeding, fatigue, or driver distraction. If that happens, a passenger may be able to hold the driver accountable for his or her careless actions.Seeking Compensation through a Negligence Claim
A driver or another responsible party can potentially be held liable for injuries that result from a single-vehicle crash. For instance, a party responsible for the maintenance of a roadway may be held liable for an accident caused by debris in the road, potholes, or other weather erosion. To establish liability for a crash caused by these issues, the victim must prove that the defendant was negligent. This may be shown in situations when an individual or entity owes a duty of care, that duty is breached, and the breach is a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, resulting in damages that are reasonably quantifiable.
Drivers who are partly at fault for an accident may still receive compensation from other liable parties. In Florida, damages are determined using a “pure comparative fault” scheme. This means that recovery is determined based on each party’s degree of fault. Thus, even if a driver is found to be 30 percent liable, he or she still may recover up to 70 percent of the damages from other negligent parties. A detailed investigation into the cause of a single-vehicle accident is often necessary to ensure that the proper individuals or entities are pursued. Consulting an experienced attorney may be vital in making sure these investigations are conducted thoroughly.Seek Legal Guidance in Miami for a Motor Vehicle Collision Claim
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a single-vehicle accident in Miami or the surrounding cities, the injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can assist you in taking legal action. Our firm also offers dedicated representation to car crash victims in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. To start discussing the details of your case and exploring your options, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.