What If No Other Vehicles Are Involved? Who’s to Blame?
You are driving down the road and the next thing you know, your car is wrapped around a tree (or under a guardrail) or somehow involved in a crash. Your car was the only vehicle on the road. Who is responsible? While it might seem like, because there was only one car involved in the accident that driver must have been the cause, the fact remains that there are indeed, other possibilities.
How Single Car Accidents Can Occur
There can be multiple victims of a single car accident. The driver or passengers in the vehicle or nearby pedestrians can all be hurt. But how do these accidents happen? There can be multiple potential causes:
- Mechanical failure. If any essential part of the car experiences failure leading to a loss of control of the vehicle, this can be the cause.
- Poor road conditions. If, for example, there is a severe flaw in the road that causes the driver to lose control.
- Weather. Weather conditions that may or may not be visible, such as water whose depth is unclear or black ice, can be the cause.
- Another vehicle. In some situations, such as where one vehicle crosses the median and therefore the other vehicle swerves off the road and hits something to avoid colliding with the oncoming car, this can also be a cause of the accident.
- Driver distractions or impairment. If the driver is sleep deprived, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise not in safe driving condition.
Legal Responsibility In a One-Car Accident
Drivers have the legal responsibility to follow the laws, maintain control of their vehicles, and to protect their passengers as well as pedestrians and other drivers. So, if a driver was distracted or impaired and he or she was the cause of the accident, he or she would be responsible. In the case where the accident was caused by another vehicle, which was not in fact part of the accident but whose actions led to the accident, legal responsibility might lie on the second car.
In the case of weather or poor road conditions, the facts surrounding the driver’s response in terms of speed, and whether his or her lights were on might have an impact on whether the driver or the road authority may be considered responsible. In the case where the car breaks down while driving, it might be a failure to maintain the car properly or it might be a defect in the car.
Reaching Out After A Single Car Accident
Simply put, the question of who is legally responsible depends on a thorough investigation of the facts and evidence surrounding the accident. If you or someone you care about was hurt in an Oklahoma car accident, reach out to Car Accident Help sponsored by Maples, Nix, and Diesselhorst. They may be able to provide advice and counsel. Contact Car Accident Help at (405) 285-4357.
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