You May Still Pursue Compensation After a Single Vehicle Auto Accident
Single-vehicle car accidents can be particularly frustrating for those involved because there's typically no one there to help at the time of the crash. The accident victim may have suffered serious head and/or neck injuries that may prevent them from calling for assistance. Unfortunately, single-vehicle car accidents may result in long-lasting or even permanent injuries that can be challenging due to various types of medical complications, many of which may not be anticipated. Some of the more severe single-vehicle crashes may even result in the death of a loved one.
So, what are your legal rights and options after a single-vehicle accident in Montana or Wyoming? What will happen next? These are common questions to have after a crash. But please take note: Do not assume that a single-vehicle car accident is automatically your own fault because you were the only one involved. We encourage you to seek experienced legal guidance from a Billings car accident lawyer at Ragain and Clark as soon as possible after an accident to understand your rights.
Potential Causes of Single-Vehicle Accidents in Montana and Wyoming
Although you are the only driver involved in the accident, the accident may not be your fault. Some common causes of single-vehicle car accidents may include:
- Mechanical Issues. If you lost control because your brakes failed or because of some other defect in your car, your vehicle's manufacturer, the dealership, or your maintenance shop could be liable for your losses.
- Issues with the Road. Road hazards are responsible for a significant number of single-vehicle car accidents. Potholes, sinkholes, loose gravel, low shoulders, failure to warn and any number of other road defects may have caused your crash. The governmental agency responsible for the upkeep of the roads in your area may be responsible.
- Poor Weather Conditions: In Montana and Wyoming, driving in hazardous weather may be unavoidable. If you slid on black ice because the roads weren't properly prepared for the weather or if you had to avoid a driver driving unsafely or without their lights on, you may be able to pursue a claim.
- You Were Run Off of the Road. If another driver runs you off the road, causing your accident, that driver may be at fault for the accident and therefore liable for your injuries.
- You Had to Swerve to Avoid a Motorcyclist or Pedestrian. Similarly, if a motorcyclist or pedestrian was riding or walking where they should not have been and you are forced to swerve to avoid them, the cyclist or pedestrian may be at fault for the accident and, therefore, liable for your injuries.
If any of the above caused your single-vehicle car accident, do not hesitate to contact our office today.
Let a Billings Single Vehicle Accident Lawyer Help You After a Crash
There are numerous circumstances that come into play during a single-vehicle car accident, many of which relieve you of liability. If you have been involved in such a crash, seek immediate medical attention first and then our attorneys. We will aggressively handle your claim and help ensure the responsible parties are held accountable. In addition to our Billings, Montana office, we also assist clients throughout Wyoming -- such as Cody, Powell, Lovell and Thermopolis.