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How Does Liability Work in a Single-Vehicle Accident?

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If you are involved in a single-vehicle accident, who is liable? This is a question many people ask after an accident. In this blog post, we will discuss how liability works in a single-vehicle accident and what you can do to protect yourself.

Single-Vehicle Accident Liability

When it comes to liability in a single-vehicle accident, there are two main categories: driver and vehicle. Under the law, the driver of the vehicle is usually liable for any damage or injury caused by their negligence. This means that if you were driving at an unsafe speed, for example, and you cause an accident as a result, you would be held responsible for any resulting damages or injuries.

In addition to driver liability, vehicle liability also applies in some cases. If the accident was caused by a malfunctioning part of your car (such as faulty brakes), then the manufacturer can be held liable for any resulting damages or injuries. The same is true if another person’s property was damaged in the accident - the manufacturer of the car can be held liable for any damage done.

In some cases, insurance may cover some or all of the damages caused by a single-vehicle accident. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to see what coverage is available. Additionally, if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, it may help pay for any medical costs associated with an accident, as well as any property damage.

Though liability in a single-vehicle accident may seem complicated, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Make sure that your vehicle is regularly inspected and maintained in order to avoid mechanical problems that could lead to an accident. Also, always practice defensive driving and obey speed limits and other traffic laws in order to prevent an accident from occurring. Finally, consider purchasing uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to protect yourself financially if you are involved in a single-vehicle accident.

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions

By following these steps and understanding how liability works in a single-vehicle accident, you can ensure that both your safety and financial security are protected. If you have any questions about liability or insurance after an accident, be sure to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide answers and advice.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out the online contact form.