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When Is Another Party Responsible for a Single-Car Accident?

Published on Dec 22, 2020 at 8:33 am in Car Accidents.

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When you think of car accidents, typically, you picture two or more vehicles colliding and one of those drivers being at fault for the damages done to both cars, trucks, and bikes. Or if only one vehicle is involved in the accident, you assume it was the driver’s fault that the crash occurred. Actually, it’s possible that another party was responsible for the single-car accident.

When you’ve been in a single-car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could use the help of a Louisville car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices in Kentucky. We have experience handling these cases and know precisely how to get you the fair settlement you deserve.

Defective Auto Parts

In many cases of single-vehicle accidents, the driver is responsible for the crash because they were distracted by their cell phone or radio, driving under the influence, or swerving to avoid a pedestrian or animal. However, sometimes faulty auto parts cause an accident that makes a driver crash into a tree, pole, or another object in their path.

Vehicle owners rely on the parts of their car to perform well under typical circumstances. Of course, if the vehicle is not adequately maintained, then defective auto parts might still be the driver’s fault. But if the car is taken care of and it is solely the fault of a vehicle part that malfunctions, then the manufacturer or mechanic who installed the part could be responsible for the accident caused by that part’s malfunction.

Here are some parts that could be defective and cause an accident:

  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Steering
  • Electrical parts
  • Engine

Of course, vehicles are complex machines, and they have many parts that work together to function correctly and safely. When one small part isn’t working properly, it could cause a dangerous accident.

Other Causes of Single-Car Accidents

Even though single-vehicle accidents might seem as though they’re not as dangerous as multiple-vehicle accidents since there’s only one car involved, they actually can be just as deadly or even deadlier than multiple-vehicle crashes. In Kentucky, over half of fatal accidents in 2018 were single-vehicle crashes, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

Other than driver error and mechanical defects, there are other reasons that a single-car accident could occur. Here are some of the other causes of single-vehicle accidents:

  • Other drivers being reckless or negligent
  • Inclement weather
  • Animals in the roadway
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Objects in the road

The best way to avoid accidents of any kind is to drive defensively. Even though you might expect other drivers to follow the rules of the road and drive safely, you can never be too sure. Driving defensively means you never expect other drivers to make the safest choices, and you’re prepared to react to any unsafe driving maneuvers that they make. This keeps you on your toes and vigilant of hazardous drivers.

Thomas Law Offices Will Prove the Other Party Liable

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to avoid an accident. At Thomas Law Offices, we know how devastating car accidents can be for you and your family. We also understand that filing a car accident claim can be nerve-wracking, especially when you are in a single-vehicle accident and are concerned that the party who caused your accident will get off the hook.

When another driver or party is responsible for your single-car accident, your lawyer will fight for you to prove that the other party is liable. When you work with us, you can feel confident in your car accident claim. We will thoroughly investigate what happened and build the strongest case possible so that you have the best chance of receiving justice as well as full and fair compensation.

Contact us today to get started proving that the other party caused your accident and get you the justice that you deserve.

 

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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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