When a car accident happens, you can typically guarantee that the other driver is at least partially responsible. But, what about a single-car accident? Is it possible that someone else could be at fault?
Although you might have been the only car involved in the crash, you may need to speak to a lawyer about the details of your accident. In some cases, someone else could have indirectly caused your injuries through careless or negligent actions.
If that’s the case, you’ll have the opportunity to file a civil claim against the responsible person or persons to secure the compensation you deserve for your damages.
Suing a Government Agency
When a motor vehicle accident is caused by dangerous road hazards, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) could be to blame. This government agency is responsible for ensuring the safety and upkeep of public roads.
For example, a large pothole should be filled in immediately once NYC DOT has been informed of the damage to the road. If it’s not, hitting the pothole could damage your car enough to make you lose control, causing a crash.
Even poor road design can cause an auto wreck. If water is allowed to pool on the roadways due to poor design, your car might hydroplane, which can cause serious injuries to you and extensive damage to your vehicle.
Suing a government agency isn’t easy, however. Because the government has certain protections in place, you’ll have less time and more restrictions to your claim. For example, the statute of limitations for government injury claims is just 90 days from the date of the accident. Speak to your lawyer about acting as soon as possible to secure your rightful compensation.
Manufacturers May Be to Blame
In some cases, the fault might rest in the car itself. If you were driving along when your brakes went out, or something malfunctioned and caused you to lose control of your car, that certainly wasn’t your fault. Instead, it could be the fault of the manufacturer, who should have checked the parts for design flaws.
Manufacturers are liable for any negligence on their part. If they build something unsafe, and someone gets hurt, they’re responsible for any related losses.
Alternatively, it could be the mechanic who worked on the brakes, or who might have installed a part improperly. In either case, you weren’t the one who caused your accident, and you shouldn’t be the one stuck paying for the damages.
A New York City Lawyer Can Help You Determine Fault
When an accident happens, knowing who’s responsible for your pain and suffering is important. You’ll need to know who caused the accident and how to get your compensation from them. But, what if it was a single-car accident?
If you were the only vehicle involved in your crash, you might not be liable for causing the accident. But, if you’re not familiar with what to look for and which type of evidence you’ll need, you might not know how to prove your lack of fault. An experienced New York car accident lawyer can help you determine fault and identify the responsible parties to secure the compensation you need.
If you believe someone else caused your accident, but you’re not sure where to turn, speak to a lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. We’ll start with a free consultation to discuss the details of your wreck and explain how we can help.
Getting started is easy. To speak with our attorneys, simply reach out by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or by completing the online form below.