Being in a single car accident brings up a number of different questions. Such as if what happens with your insurance, and are you always screwed/at fault/doomed etc? The answer to these questions depend on a number of different elements.
Single Car Accident Definition
Most car accidents involve two or more vehicles, yet at times an accident may involve only one vehicle. Generally, in accidents with only one “buggy”, the driver will be held to be at fault. Rest assured, this is not always the case.
At times vehicles will have manufacturing defects, such as faulty brakes, carbon dioxide poisoning, misalignment, faulty transmissions etc. In many states you can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer to recover for any damages that were caused in the single car accident due to their breach of duty.
Poor Road Design or Maintenance
Perhaps, your single car accident occurred because something relating to poor maintenance of a road or a broken traffic light. If this is the case you might be able to sue whatever government entity is responsible for up keeping such things. An experienced attorney will be able to assist you in such manners.
An “Unavoidable” Accident
In some situations another motorist or individual may do something negligent (such as a cyclist cutting in front of you) and it forces you to swerve your vehicle in such a way that your car is damaged as a result of the single car accident. That individual that made you swerve or do something that winds up damaging your car or your person you can sue them to recover for damages. It’s important to check the negligence laws in your state or the state where you were injured or suffered damages.
DUIs and Single Car Accidents