Is the Driver Always at Fault in a Single-Car Accident?

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When a car crash involves only one vehicle, the driver of that vehicle is usually considered liable for passenger injuries, property destruction, and other damages. However, this isn’t always the case, which is why it’s critical to speak with experienced Morgantown car accident attorneys who will listen to your account of events and represent your best interests.

All drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road. If you were speeding, not paying attention, or driving recklessly at the time of the accident, claiming that you weren’t responsible will probably not be a successful defense.

However, some circumstances can reduce the driver’s fault in a single-car accident, including:

  • Sudden failure of key components due to a vehicle defect.
  • Reacting to avoid collision with a driver behaving carelessly.
  • Wildlife darting into the road.
  • Poor road maintenance or insufficient signage to indicate a hazard.
  • Sudden onset of bad weather.

The presumption that a driver is at fault for a car accident in which only his vehicle was involved can be difficult to overcome, but our Morgantown lawyers will investigate thoroughly to determine the potential liability of any other parties.

If you were in a single-car accident and you believe the crash wasn’t your fault, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1 304-865-8530 today to schedule your no-cost consultation. Our lawyers serve clients in and around Morgantown.