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Atlanta, Georgia Single Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Single vehicle accidents are car wrecks that involve only one vehicle. The car involved in the accident collides with something such as a stationary object, an animal, or a non-fixed object like a pothole or road debris.

Single vehicle accidents are far too common and, in fact, a 2009 article in the Washington Post referred to single vehicle car wrecks as a “troubling trend,” and an “epidemic.” These accidents can cause serious harm or even death to the driver or passengers involved in the crash and the costs of medical bills and lost productivity can be astronomical.

While there is no other driver to blame, there may be certain situations where a third party is accountable for the single vehicle wreck. At Sammons & Carpenter,  P.C., our experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys can review your situation and help you to determine if there is anyone who is liable for compensating you for your crash.

The Dangers of Single Vehicle Accidents
According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey in 2008, approximately 30 percent of car accidents are single vehicle crashes. This estimate was derived from examining a representative sample of 2,189,166 crashes across the United States and studying 5,471 representative crashes in greater detail.  

Many of the single vehicle accidents occurred when the driver in question collided with an animal. Deer, in particular, were a menace to drivers and caused many single vehicle collisions. However, in other situations, drivers were involved in single vehicle crashes because of obstacles on the road, poorly designed roads or problems with their vehicle.

When there is a defect in road design or maintenance, or when the vehicle malfunctions and causes harm to the driver, then there may be a third party that can be held liable and sued for damages. For example, a government entity responsible for road maintenance and design could be sued if their negligence contributed to causing the single vehicle crash. If the car was defective or malfunctioned in a way that led to the accident, the manufacturer could be held accountable.

It is very important to speak with an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer in order to determine if anyone else was responsible for your crash. When you are injured in a single vehicle accident, you may need expensive medical treatment and you may have ongoing pain that interferes with your quality of life and impacts your ability to earn a living. If these things happen to you, you’ll have no one to cover your costs unless there is a third party responsible for the accident. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys will review all of the circumstances surrounding your case so you can identify potential defendants.

Single Vehicle Accidents Put Everyone at Risk
Single vehicle accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. All it takes is a moment for an animal to run into the road or for a car to skid off into a tree. When the accident happens, serious injury can result including:
  • Traumatic brain injury/brain damage;
  • Spinal injury/paralysis;
  • Broken bones;
  • Soft tissue damage;
  • Head, back and neck injuries;
  • Burn injuries; and,
  • Death
When you suffer these traumatic injuries, you may have ongoing medical problems that last long after the wreck. The person or entity responsible for your single vehicle crash should pay for the consequences. The compensation that you should receive in an out-of-court settlement or from a jury verdict includes compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and wrongful death damages if the single vehicle crash is fatal.

Getting legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers if You Were Involved in a Single Vehicle Accident

Single vehicle accidents can be complex cases, especially if you believe that a government agency was responsible for your crash. Governments have certain immunities and protections from being sued so you must understand the special legal rules for filing suit against the government. Taking action against the manufacturer of a product can also be challenging.

To be successful at obtaining compensation after a single vehicle crash, you should be represented by a knowledgeable legal advocate. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our experienced and dedicated Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers have the background and knowledge in single vehicle accidents that you need to get the maximum in compensation available under the law.  

To learn more about how we can help you after your head-on accident, contact us online or give us a call at 404-814-8949.  


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