Single Vehicle Accident Attorneys
When people hear the term “car accident” they probably imagine two cars colliding with each other. However, many accidents in Alabama each year involve only one car. Even if you were injured in a single-vehicle accident, you could still be entitled to compensation.
The car accident attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have more than 40 years of experience in helping people receive compensation for personal injuries sustained in single-vehicle accidents and also cases involving wrongful death resulting from single-vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident or lost a loved one in a single-vehicle accident, contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation.
Single-Vehicle Accidents Occur Frequently
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Fatal single-vehicle accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads and roads with fewer traffic lanes.
70% of fatal single-vehicle accidents involved the vehicle leaving the road and going onto the shoulder or median.
According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
Nationwide, 53% of auto accident deaths occurred in single-vehicle crashes.
In Alabama, 54% of single-vehicle accidents resulted in fatalities.
The possible results of car accidents include emotional distress, lost wages, and mounting hospital bills. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for your injuries and loved ones recover for wrongful death if they have a valid legal claim.
Victims of Single-Vehicle Accidents May Receive Compensation
A single-vehicle accident may be caused by the vehicle itself or a defective component of the vehicle. For example, if a defective tire blows out and causes a car to roll, the manufacturer of the tire may be held liable. Other times, the cause of the accident may not be relevant, but the safety system of the car could have caused the injuries. This may allow a defective product case to be brought against the manufacturer of the car or the manufacturer of part of the car’s safety system. Sometimes single-vehicle accidents are not caused by the car itself, but by another external factor. A poorly constructed road may expose the road contractor to liability if the plaintiff can prove that the road was the cause of the accident. The same may be true of a misplaced or defective road sign.
An experienced accident attorney can evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action. In some cases, this will mean proceeding under a negligence theory or seeking to prove that the responsible party failed to exercise due care in a way that led to your injuries. In cases involving dangerous or defective products, meaning either the product’s design, manufacture, or warnings were flawed, a defective product lawsuit may be the most appropriate strategy. It is also possible to file suit under other legal theories or pursue compensation in some other way.
Generally, a plaintiff who brings a successful personal injury lawsuit in Alabama is entitled to compensatory damages, meaning that covered amounts may include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Sometimes plaintiffs may also be entitled to punitive damages in cases involving particularly bad conduct by defendants. Plaintiffs who file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their loved ones are only entitled to pursue punitive damages. We can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.