Single Vehicle Accident Claims
Aug. 24, 2022
Auto accidents are among the major causes of injuries, hospitalizations, and deaths in Texas and across the United States. Though, most traffic crashes usually involve two or more parties. However, there are situations where only one motor vehicle is involved in a traffic collision. According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Report, single vehicle, run-off-the-road crashes caused about 1,550 fatalities in 2021.
Furthermore, single-vehicle accidents may include spinning out, running off the road, crashing into a tree, or hitting an object along the roadside. When involved in a single vehicle accident, you may be confused about who to hold liable and how to recover compensation for your injuries. A practiced Texas personal injury attorney can explore your possible options to pursue damages after a single-vehicle accident.
At Ellis & Thomas, PLLC, we have the trained legal guidance, support, and vigorous representation clients need in their single vehicle accident claims. Our competent attorneys have the resources necessary to fight for your best interests and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other potential damages. We’re proud to serve clients across Houston, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and Harris County, Texas.
Possible Causes of a Single Vehicle Accident
A single-vehicle accident is a traffic crash involving only one car. Regardless of whether another person’s action contributed to the crash, it remains a single-vehicle accident once the incident involved your motor vehicle alone. Some possible causes of single-car accidents in Texas include:
Poor road conditions
Drunk or drugged driving
Drowsy driving or driving while fatigued
Running off the road
Mechanical failure or vehicle defects
If you or a loved one was involved in a single-vehicle accident, you need to reach out to a strategic Texas personal injury lawyer immediately. Your lawyer can evaluate all of the facts of your case thoroughly and inform you about your legal option to recover damages.
Determining Liability – Texas is an At-Fault State
Texas is an at-fault auto accident state. According to the state’s at-fault laws, the person who caused the accident (the at-fault party) will hold financial liability for medical expenses, vehicle damages, and other accident-related losses suffered by the victims.
However, simply because the crash is a single-car accident doesn’t automatically mean that the driver is at fault. There are some instances where another party’s negligent or reckless actions might have resulted in a single-car accident. Examples include:
The driver ran off the road to evade another reckless driver.
The driver crashed into a tree to avoid hitting another reckless driver.
An aggressive driver ran the vehicle off the road.
The driver ran off the road to prevent a collision with another driver who swerved into their lane.
The crash was caused by a faulty brake, mechanical failure, or defective vehicle part.
The driver ran off the road to avoid hitting a pedestrian who suddenly ran out in front of the car or disobeyed traffic rules.
The crash occurred because the local government entities failed to carry out necessary repairs on the road.
A seasoned car accident lawyer can advise you about the next steps after the crash, help identify the liable party, and determine the best way to proceed with your insurance claims.
Will My Insurance Cover the Damages?
Seeking damages after a single-vehicle accident can be quite complicated. Your insurance company may be able to cover your injuries and damages depending on the type of insurance policy you carry. Here are some of the insurance coverage options available to Texas drivers:
Liability Coverage: This insurance coverage will pay for medical expenses, lost income, property damages, pain, discomfort, and suffering, and wrongful death damages to car accident victims.
Comprehensive Coverage: This insurance coverage will pay for damage to your vehicle due to other incidents apart from traffic accidents. These include hail damage, vandalism, theft, or harsh weather.
Collision Coverage: This insurance coverage pays for the repair or replacement of your vehicle if an accident occurs while you’re currently making the car payments.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: This insurance coverage will pay for damages caused by a motorist or driver who has no insurance at all or less than the required coverage amount.
A knowledgeable attorney can enlighten you about your options to pursue damages, help file your insurance claims, and help recover fair financial compensation to cover your injuries, damages, or loss.
Legal Guidance You Can Trust
Regardless of how cautious you may drive, a single-vehicle accident may still occur due to no fault of yours. Such an incident can potentially affect you financially, mentally, and physically. Thankfully, you may be eligible to pursue damages for your injuries suffered in the single-vehicle crash. Therefore, when involved in a single-vehicle accident, you need to act quickly and maintain an accomplished personal injury attorney for detailed advice and to help you seek your rightful financial compensation.
At Ellis & Thomas, PLLC, our attorneys are poised and ready to assist, guide, and represent victims of single vehicle accidents in their injury claims. With our comprehensive understanding of Texas laws and rules addressing liability in single-vehicle accident cases, we can help steer you through the often complicated claims process.
If you were hurt in a single-vehicle accident, you may be eligible to pursue fair compensation. Contact Ellis & Thomas, PLLC, today to schedule a simple case assessment with trusted car accident lawyers. We proudly serve clients throughout Houston, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and Harris County, Texas.