In June of 2018, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office investigated a single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of the car's driver and complex injuries for the passengers. Initial reports reveal that a pickup truck was headed south along a road when it tried to pass another vehicle. The pickup's driver then lost control of the car, went off the road, and struck a fence and tree. Due to this collision, the pickup's driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two young passengers in the vehicle were subsequently taken by ambulance to a local medical facility. As a result of the crash, the road on which the crash occurred was temporarily closed.
While single-vehicle accidents might appear simple, there are often many complicated issues that arise in these cases. In some situations, the driver might not be responsible for the accident, or a passenger who was injured in the accident might decide to seek compensation. In these situations and many others involving single-vehicle accidents, it becomes critical to obtain the assistance of a skilled car accident attorney who can help review your case and determine your rights moving forward.
Common Causes of Single-Vehicle Car Accidents
In a large number of situations, the driver is responsible for a single-vehicle accident, but this is not always true. Some of the ways in which single-vehicle accidents occur when a driver might not be at fault include:
- Construction on the road. When local and state governments construct new roads or repair older ones, they must create work zones that are not always safe for drivers. These work zones require warning signs as well as proper barriers. Work zones that fail to consider worker safety greatly increase the chances that an accident will occur. While it is often difficult to pursue legal action against the state, in some situations work might have been outsourced to private contractors who can be held liable.
- Defects in the road. The road is maintained by both local and state governments in Washington. While these entities have a duty to make sure that the streets are safe, poor maintenance, as well as ongoing construction work, can create situations that significantly increase the risk of an accident.
- Defective vehicles. Each year, numerous motor vehicles, as well as parts used in motor vehicles, are recalled for being defective. For example, in June 2018, Kia recalled more than half a million vehicles due to faulty airbags. If a car is defective in any manner, it could end up unsafe for operation and lead to a single-vehicle accident. In the case of a defective vehicle or vehicle parts, the manufacturer or distributor are often found liable for the resulting crash.
Passengers in Single-Vehicle Accidents
Drivers in single-vehicle accidents are sometimes accompanied by passengers. If passengers are severely injured or killed in a single-vehicle accident, they might decide to pursue compensation from the driver. In these situations, it is often critical to obtain the assistance of skilled legal representation who will fight for a positive outcome.
Speak with an Experienced Accident Attorney
Single-vehicle accidents can be just as deadly as multiple vehicle accidents. Sometimes, single-vehicles are not the fault of the driver. If you were injured in a single driver accident in the Spokane area and believe that another party is responsible, do not hesitate to contact West Law Office. We have helped many people impacted by accidents and will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
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