Single-vehicle incidents can be extremely perplexing when it comes to determining liability. In most cases, the driver of the vehicle will bear responsibility for any damage or injury resulting from the incident. This is because they are in control of the operation and maintenance of the vehicle, and can be held legally accountable if they drive recklessly.
Yet, a drivers' negligence isn't always at fault. There may be a variety of other contributing factors such as a malfunctioning airbag or brakes, or even road conditions that need to be established and taken into consideration before establishing ultimate responsibility. Ultimately, it comes down to sorting through evidence and making sure all parties involved have a fair hearing before coming to an agreement on who might be liable for such an incident.
When Is the Driver Liable In a Single-Vehicle Accident?
Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicle safely and adhere to all driving rules, so they can be liable if they cause a single-vehicle accident. Primarily, the driver is responsible for any arising damages that are caused through their own negligence or recklessness. Carrying out an unsafe maneuver such as running a red light or speeding can lead to the driver bearing liability but even having a technical fault with the car itself can result in financial responsibility.
What must be established, however, is whether the damages are attributed directly to an act of negligence or whether issues with mechanical parts caused them; usually this would need to be determined by an independent expert. Drivers have a prerogative duty of care, so when such practices fail, they can be held accountable for any serious consequences incurred.
When Is a Third Party Liable In a Single-Vehicle Accident?
In a single-vehicle accident, the driver is usually held responsible for the outcome of the accident. However, in certain cases, third parties may be liable depending on the circumstances and various factors. For instance, if a defect in a road caused the accident or if another vehicle ran into a stationary object that then caused a single-car crash, then a third party might be found liable for damages.
Additionally, if someone else was driving negligently and caused an accident with another driver to swerve off the road and into trees or other obstacles resulting in personal injury to the driver or passengers of the vehicle, then again it may become possible for a third party to be held liable.
In any case where liability may come into question in a single-vehicle accident, it's important to consult legal counsel to help assess potential claims and bring forth any applicable evidence that could point toward potential third party liability.
If you believe you have a case and need to pursue compensation, Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. is here for you. Call us at (337) 222-3526 today.