If another car collides with yours, you may usually file a claim against the driver of that car to try to recover for injuries or other losses you suffered. However, sometimes drivers hit an object or lose control of their vehicle and no other vehicles or drivers are involved. Such drivers often question if there is a way for them to recover for their property damage and injuries if they are the only car involved. The answer, of course, depends on the situation. If you were solely responsible for the accident, you will likely have to pay for your own losses. However, under certain circumstances, another party may be liable for your losses. Following a one-car accident, you should always contact an auto accident attorney in Coweta County to evaluate a possible case.
Possible liability in one-car accidents
Often, when you are in a one-car accident, someone else was actually at fault. Though it may not be readily apparent, sometimes even several different parties may have been at fault. Some of these potential parties include:
- Construction companies—if a construction crew is working on a strip of road and members of the crew act in a negligent manner, the company may be held liable. For instance, workers may fail to warn of upcoming construction, fail to properly park vehicles, or leave debris, vehicle, or even workers blocking lanes of traffic.
- Property owners—if a road is poorly maintained, accidents may occur when a car hits a large potholes or uneven surface. The owner of the road, such as the city or the state, who was responsible for the maintenance can be held liable if they negligently did not keep up the roads.
- Manufacturer—if your brakes, steering column, tires, or other car parts were defective and caused your accident, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for your losses.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
These are only a few examples of other parties who may be responsible for one-car accidents. If you are in any type of collision, make sure you call an auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for help.