Although the vast majority of car accidents on U.S. roads involve more than one party (another motor vehicle or pedestrian), there is also a large percentage of single-car accidents that do not include another driver.
As its name implies, only one vehicle can be involved in a single-vehicle accident. Because of this, many of those who get injured in a single-car accident automatically think that they are the only party at fault for the crash and that they will have to pay for their own medical expenses and damages.
“That’s a huge misconception,” says our Pittsburgh single-car accident attorney at SMT Legal. “You may be able to sue another party that caused your single-vehicle crash to recover damages, or, in some situations, you may be held partially at fault for the crash, which means you will be able to seek compensation for a certain percentage of your financial losses and damages.”
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According to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 55,000 single-vehicle collisions across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year of data. This amounted to approximately 44% of all vehicle crashes. The data indicates that drivers aged 16 to 21 and those aged 65 and older were most likely to be involved in single-car vehicle collisions that year.
Often, the attorneys at SMT Legal discover that single-vehicle collisions are actually caused by the careless or negligent actions of other drivers on the roadway. Just because another vehicle may not be involved in a collision does not mean that another driver was not at fault. Some other common causes of single-car accidents in Pittsburgh include the following:
More often than not, drivers who suffered harm in single-vehicle crashes have to request a thorough investigation to determine fault. Most auto insurance companies in Pennsylvania will deny your legitimate personal injury and property damage claim after hearing that you were involved in a single-car accident without conducting a fair and unbiased investigation.
You can protect your legal rights by hiring an experienced single-car accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, because you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation from another party that caused or contributed to your single-vehicle collision.
Injuries in single-car accidents are often severe. At SMT Legal, it is not uncommon for our single-car vehicle accident lawyers in Pittsburgh to help clients who have sustained the following:
Victims of single-car accidents caused by the careless or negligent actions of another party have a limited amount of time to file lawsuits in these cases. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This gives victims a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party.
However, please understand that most auto insurance carriers require that the incident may be reported very soon after an accident occurs. Failing to abide by insurance carrier reporting deadlines could result in a claim being delayed or denied altogether.
At SMT Legal, our single-car vehicle accident lawyers in Pittsburgh work diligently to obtain full compensation for our clients. We regularly secure the following:
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury in a single-car collision caused by the careless or negligent actions of another party, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, our Pittsburgh single-car accident lawyers will investigate every aspect of your case at work to obtain full compensation for your losses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-976-2529.
In a nutshell, a single-vehicle accident is any motor vehicle collision involving only your automobile and no one else’s and no other party (such as a pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, e-scooter, etc.). For example, if you lose control of your vehicle and crash into a traffic sign instead of another vehicle, you have been in what is considered a single-vehicle crash.
To determine liability in our example above, much will depend on what caused you to lose control of your car. Let’s review the following three scenarios to establish fault:
You may be able to hold another party fully responsible for your damages and losses if you lost control of your automobile after hitting a pothole (in that case, you may be able to sue a city, municipality, state or any other public or private entity responsible for inspection and maintenance of the road where you were involved in the single-vehicle collision).
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