Single Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Georgia
Georgia’s population has expanded exponentially over the past 25 years. This has led to more and more drivers on the roadways, which in turn has led to more and more car accidents. Each year, a driver has nearly a one in ten chance of being involved in a car accident, with this number increasing for those that drive in congested Atlanta traffic.
Over 30 percent of accidents are single vehicle accidents, which involve only one car and more than likely a stationary object. However, single vehicle accidents also include accidents with a pedestrian or bicyclist. Causes of single car accidents include:
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
- Slick Road Conditions: Black ice can be undetected by drivers and has the potential to cause cars to hit guardrails, trees, or other objects on the side of the road. This is especially a problem in areas of Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, and other larger cities.
- Distracted Drivers: This includes texting, talking on the phone, or a driver trying to multi-task while driving.
- Sun Glare: This is especially a problem at dawn and dusk, and in particular on Stone Mountain expressway and I-285.
- Poor Road Conditions: Hitting a pothole may cause damage to the car’s tires or under carriage.
- Swerving to Avoid an Animal or Other Object in the Road.
- Poorly Designed Roads or Confusing Signage. This can easily lead to a driver swerving off the road as they are unsure which direction to head.
- Malfunctioning of Vehicle Equipment or Tire Blowout. This may affect the handling of the car making it impossible to keep the car on the road.
- Flying Object: A rock hitting the windshield of a car is considered a single vehicle accident, and can lead to a more serious collision.
ARE ALL SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENTS THE DRIVER’S FAULT?
Unfortunately, many drivers believe that they are unable to recover damages that were caused as a result of a single vehicle accident. This is not the case. It is the circumstances that lead up to the accident that will determine if they can recover any damages. For example, a driver may be able to recover damages if the accident happened due to something wrong with the road, the driver’s view being distorted by property that had not been kept up, or lack of warning signs posted in proper places. Also, if the driver’s accident was the result of a defect in their vehicle, they may be entitled to a recovery based on a product liability claim.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT
If you have been involved in a single vehicle accident do not fall into the trap of thinking you are not entitled to recover for your injuries or property damage. Depending on your situation, there may be insurance coverage available to you. But it almost always is better to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your behalf. The law offices of Randy Scott Slater, P.C. provide a free consultation to all potential clients, and will advise you on the best way to move forward after your vehicle collision. Contact our office today at (404) 888-0500.