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Recovering Compensation After a Single-Car Crash


When you think of the car accidents involved in personal injury cases, you probably picture a reckless driver slamming into an unsuspecting motorist and causing injuries and property damage. Many of the cases we handle involve situations just like that, but not every car accident injury claim has to involve two or more vehicles.

Unfortunately, most people involved in single-car crashes assume they can’t pursue compensation for their damages. If no one else was involved in the crash, no one else can be held responsible, right? In certain situations, that’s not exactly true.

You might be able to hold one of several non-motorist parties financially accountable for your damages—under the right circumstances.

Mechanical Failure

In the moments leading up to a car accident, you might not fully take in everything going on around you. Distracted by the impending accident in those critical few moments, you might have missed a mechanical failure that caused your crash.

If a defective part on your car did indeed cause or contribute to your crash, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of that part. For example, if your steering failed as you were negotiating a curve and caused you to slam into a tree, the manufacturer of the steering system might be found liable for your injuries.

However, assessing technical and mechanical issues in motor vehicles can be tricky. Trying to do so on your own might cause you to make a critical error that costs you your compensation. That’s why it’s important to work with a car accident lawyer who has experience with cases like yours.

Unsafe Roads

It has happened to everyone—you’re driving a particularly treacherous stretch of curvy, bumpy, narrow, or pothole-ridden road, and you realize how unsafe this road is for motorists. In most places, local government agencies are responsible for maintaining safe roads that are free of unnecessary hazards.

In some cases, these local governments fail to uphold their end of the bargain. They allow hazards like road obstructions, improper signage, and too-sharp turns to remain long after they’re made aware of them.

When such a hazard causes a single-car crash, the victim may be able to pursue compensation from the local government agency responsible for the safety of the road where the accident occurred.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been hurt in a single-car crash, don’t just shrug your shoulders and give up all hope of receiving compensation. Instead, get in touch with Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers. We’ll take an in-depth look at your case to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation.

If we find that you have a viable claim, we’ll fight for every cent you’re entitled to. To get started, give our office a call at 225-387-2323 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.