A vehicle collision with a palm tree killed one man and injured another in Brevard County recently. Investigators are unsure why the car suddenly went off the road and burst into flames upon impact. The passenger’s injuries were non-life-threatening, and he was recovering in a hospital at the time of a report.
While accident cases often involve other vehicles or pedestrians, plaintiffs may still be able to recover damages in single-car collisions. Here are some of the situations in which plaintiffs can file a negligence case:
- Passenger versus driver:Passengers can be harmed as a result of negligent or reckless drivers, even in single-car collisions. For instance, driving under the influence, failing to obey traffic laws or distracted driving are all negligent actions which can cause serious harm.
- Faulty mechanical repairs:If a mechanic fails to appropriately diagnose and/or repair a dangerous condition, they can be held liable for any harm that directly results from their breach of duty.
- Defective vehicle or components:Sometimes cars and components are manufactured defectively. Airbags may fail to deploy, tires may unexpectedly blow out and issues with brakes, steering and other mechanical defects often cause collisions. In that case, the manufacturer can be held responsible.
- Unsafe road conditions:In rare cases, the state or city may be responsible for single-car collisions. For example, if the municipality or state knew of a dangerous road condition and failed to fix it or appropriately warn drivers, they may be held liable.
If you’ve been injured in a single-car collision, call the experienced car accident attorneys at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh in Bradenton, FL. We can help you recover damages for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.