Single Vehicle Crash – What You Need to Know From a Legal Standpoint

The recent devastating single vehicle crash in Vaughan in which two teenagers were tragically killed has brought into sharp focus the need to analyze and prevent further such catastrophic events. This particular incident took place on a rural road and there were at least six occupants who were trapped in the vehicle following the crash and the entire community was plunged into grief.

What Are Single Vehicle Crashes?

The term is self-explanatory, and single vehicle crashes involve just one vehicle and the ones injured are the driver and passengers of this vehicle. If innocent bystanders, pedestrians or bicyclists are injured, this is not termed to be a single vehicle collision. Usually, such collisions involve run-off-road accidents (as the Vaughan case seems to have been), accidents that happened due to fallen debris or obstructions on the road, roll-over accidents or those that involve hitting or being hit by an animal.

One of the important factors to remember is that in the case of accidents, they are invariably caused by someone’s fault or negligence and single vehicle collisions are no exception. The main issue is that there is no other at-fault party here hence establishing fault can be a challenge that is best handled by an accident injury lawyer available 24×7. 

The Causes of Single Vehicle Crashes

As mentioned earlier, since there is no other at-fault party, the driver of the vehicle is often considered to be at fault through their negligence or mistake.  However, this may not always be the case, as our personal injury lawyers are aware of.  Many accidents are caused by unexpected events, poor weather and visibility, swerving to avoid an animal or pedestrian, unfamiliar roads which are not properly sign-posted, poor drainage and slushy roads, sharp curves and abrupt banking for which no warning signs were posted, etc. Defective vehicle parts are also another major contributor to single vehicle crashes. Tire blow-outs, unpredictable deployment of airbags, faulty mechanical or electronic parts or defective handling can cause the car to swerve dangerously and spin out of control.

Driver error, if proven, can involve fatigue, speeding, impairment due to drugs/alcohol, distractions and inexperience and our accident injury lawyer available 24×7 can assess your case and evaluate your claims.

The Legal Position

Single vehicle collisions are almost always considered to be the driver’s fault and this is the common inference, unless proven otherwise. When you are involved in a single vehicle accident as the driver, you need immediate medical help for yourself and co-passengers if any. You also need to call for police assistance, though no other vehicle was involved. As soon as possible, contact a hamilton personal injury lawyer and get legal representation.

Never drive away from a single vehicle collision though it may look as if nothing major has happened. People may suffer whiplash injuries, concussion, fractures or internal injuries that may later show up and result in huge medical expenses and damages. Another important thing to remember is that if you’re going to claim that mechanical failure or poor road conditions caused the accident, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident and provide them along with your claim to the concerned insurers or government authorities. Police reports usually provide information about probable causes and statements of those involved in the crash and these can be valuable evidence when claims are filed later. If mechanical failure could have caused the crash, get your car checked without delay by a qualified mechanic and get a report from them.

If pedestrians were hit or the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a criminal as well as civil suit would ensue.

Your insurance coverage needs to be examined by an experienced personal injury lawyer to check whether you are covered for comprehensive or no-fault claims. Often, vehicle owners may not be covered for comprehensive claims since the cost of premiums is higher in these policies.

If you or a loved one has been a co-passenger in a single vehicle collision, you can file charges against the driver even though they may be close friends, family members or relatives because insurance coverage exists for just such a situation. Our car accident lawyers can offer appropriate advice and assist you with filing claims.

Another important factor is that all insurance policies have stipulated time-frames within which claims have to be filed. Similarly, state laws also have a statute of limitations within which personal injury cases can be filed. Our free consultation injury lawyers can assist you to meet the paperwork deadlines.

If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 931 5015)


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