Single-vehicle crashes are responsible for approximately 55 percent of all traffic fatalities. Despite that, these types of collisions are not the most feared or talked about. While driver error is the most probable cause for a single-vehicle crash, there are times when other parties may be at least partly liable.
Were you injured in a single-vehicle crash? If so, our team of legal professionals has extensive experience, and we are prepared to help. Learn if you may have a case in a free initial consultation with one of our qualified attorneys. There is no obligation to take legal action or hire our services after this meeting.
At Bernstein & Poisson, we are dedicated to helping injured victims obtain the compensation they need. Partners Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson are personally involved in every case handled by the firm. Our track record speaks volumes about our success – we have recovered millions on behalf of our clients.
What is a Single-Vehicle Crash?
When a collision happens and only one vehicle is damaged, it is considered a single-vehicle crash. That does not necessarily mean the driver is at fault, or the driver was the only one involved. There may have been other vehicles involved, but they did not suffer damage.
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Am I Eligible to File a Case After a Single-Vehicle Crash?
It is not possible to know if you have a valid case without first reviewing the events that led up to the collision. If you seek legal help, which we recommend, the attorney will need to know more about your single-vehicle crash in Las Vegas. Some of the details/questions an attorney may have for you include:
- Are you the registered owner of the vehicle?
- Were you driving someone else’s vehicle? With permission?
- Were you a passenger in someone else’s vehicle?
- Describe what happened right before the crash. (Did you hit black ice? Swerve to avoid another vehicle?)
- What was the location, time and date that the collision occurred?
- Did you get hurt? If so, describe your injuries and their severity.
- Describe the weather and road conditions on the day and route you traveled
- Was there any recent maintenance work done on the vehicle?
- Did a person or animal suddenly dart into the path of your vehicle?
- Was your vehicle hit by an object that fell from a passing vehicle?
Whether you were the driver, passenger or another injured victim, it makes sense to contact an attorney for legal help after a single-vehicle crash. If you have a case, the attorney needs time to investigate your crash and collect evidence before it gets lost or damaged.
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How Could Hiring an Attorney Benefit My Claim?
Collision claims involving one vehicle are challenging to prove, even if other parties were at fault. That is why you need a trusted advocate fighting for your interests throughout the legal process.
If you hire Bernstein & Poisson, you can expect our Las Vegas single-vehicle crash attorneys to:
- Fully investigate the accident scene and events that led up to the crash
- Fight to ensure you are not assigned more than your share of liability
- Collect evidence that can help to build a strong claim on your behalf
- Travel to speak with you if you are unable to visit our office location
- Speak with third parties, including the insurance companies, on your behalf
- Fully manage every aspect of your car crash case so you can focus on your recovery
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Is the Driver Always Liable for a Single-Car Crash in Nevada?
Statistically, driver error or negligence is almost always the reason for a crash involving one vehicle. Drivers may be liable if their actions or inactions led to the crash. For example, if a driver was going too fast, lost control of the vehicle and crashed, he or she will likely be liable for the damages.
When the Driver Has Full Liability for the Crash
If a driver is solely responsible for a single-vehicle crash, he or she will be liable for damages. The liable driver’s insurance company will pay out on the claim, up to the policy limits.
That said, never assume you are at fault, or fully at fault. There is no cost or risk to speak with one of our car crash lawyers in Las Vegas.
Common driver errors or negligent behavior that can lead to a single-vehicle crash include:
- Driving too fast for the road conditions (icy, wet, etc.)
- Excessively speeding through turns or intersections
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving behavior, such as texting, eating, grooming
- Driving while fatigued or excessively drowsy
- Inexperienced drivers losing control of the vehicle for various reasons
Along with having to pay medical costs and property damages, the at-fault driver in a single-vehicle crash could face other severe consequences. For example, if he or she was drunk and struck a pedestrian, he or she would likely receive a ticket and could also face criminal charges.
Others Who May Have Helped to Cause the Crash
While drivers may be at fault for a large percentage of single-vehicle crashes, there are times when others may share liability.
Here are some of the ways that others may be liable for a single-vehicle collision:
- Defective vehicle or auto part: Some crashes are caused by a mechanical malfunction that causes a vehicle not to respond as expected, such as failed brakes or a defective tire. A manufacturer could be liable for the damages.
- Animals darting into the road: If a domestic animal runs into the road, causing a crash, the owner may be at fault. However, if the driver was also speeding, liability could be shared.
- Road defects: When road defects, such as potholes, downed trees and other dangerous maintenance issues are not fixed, it could lead to a single-car crash. In this scenario, the government agency or another party could be liable.
- Distracted pedestrian: Although pedestrians may generally have the right of way, they still have an obligation to follow traffic laws and avoid putting others at risk. For instance, say a pedestrian darts into moving traffic where there is no designated crosswalk, giving no time for a driver to react. In this situation, the driver may not be liable.
Rather than guessing about potential legal options, it is best to speak with one of our qualified single-vehicle crash attorneys in Las Vegas.
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What Compensation May Be Available After a Single-Vehicle Crash?
If you are not more than 50 percent responsible for the collision, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses. However, the amount and type of compensation you may be eligible for is dependent on other factors. Once an attorney reviews the circumstances of the crash and fault is assessed, he or she will pursue all possible sources of compensation that may be available in your situation.
Compensation that may be available for eligible parties could include:
- Past medical expenses from the initial accident
- Future medical costs for continued treatment of related injuries
- Lost wages if the injured victim was unable to work while recovering
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering from physical injuries and damages
- Past and future emotional anguish, such as anxiety and stress
- Loss of consortium if a family member died from the accident
If we represent you, our single-vehicle crash attorneys in Las Vegas are ready to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Claim?
Those involved in a single-vehicle crash in Nevada do have limited time to file a claim. Insurance companies have deadlines and if your claim is denied, state law gives claimants only two years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit. Two years is not as long as it may seem. Time flies by quickly, and it is important to remember that your attorney will have to do a lot of work to build a strong claim on your behalf.
Injured in a Car Crash? Call Bernstein & Poisson for Legal Help You Can Trust
Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have more than 60 years of combined legal experience and have recovered millions in compensation for injured victims, including crash victims.
If you have been injured in a single-vehicle crash, you may have legal options for recovering damages. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to schedule your free case review.
At Bernstein & Poisson, our team works on a contingency-fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs to pay and no fees throughout the legal process. You do not pay unless we win your case.
Our firm is conveniently located just eight minutes from Kindred Hospital Las Vegas.