Single Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents can happen anywhere, and while we typically think of these accidents as involving more than one driver, the fact is that single vehicle accidents are common. Any type of car accident can cause serious and potentially life threatening injuries, as well as heavy financial damages. Accidents involving one vehicle are no exception, but often there are questions regarding not only how the accident occurred, but also who will pay for damages. The following is important information you need to know about the frequency with which these types of accidents happen, as well as how we can help you get the compensation you deserve for damages you suffered.
Single Vehicle Accident Statistics
Single vehicle accidents are not only common, but they often result in severe and life threatening injuries. According to the latest traffic survey reports from the Insurance Information Institute (III), more than 50 percent of all car accident fatalities in the United States occur as the result of single vehicle accidents. South Carolina in particular falls above the national average, with 61 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities occurring in accidents involving only one vehicle. The reasons for these types of accident vary, and the reason for South Carolina’s higher than average rate may have to do with the number of rural roads in the Palmetto State.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that running off the road is the most frequent causes of single vehicle accidents, and that this is more likely on curving, rural roads than on highways and interstates. While speeding and driving under the influence can be a contributing factor in these accidents, other factors that contribute to single vehicle crashes include:
- Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, fog, or icy roads
- Roadway conditions, including dirt or gravel roads and roads under construction
- Nighttime driving, when visibility is limited
- Driving while excessively tired, and falling asleep behind the wheel
In addition to the above, the NHTSA states that distracted driving may be part of the problem, as single vehicle accidents involving multiple passengers are also common. Driver inexperience also factors into single vehicle, run-off-the-road accidents, as drivers under the age of 24 are more likely to be involved in these accidents than other drivers.
How Our Car Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover
If you are involved in a single vehicle accident, our car accident attorneys can advise you on how to get compensation for your injuries. In the immediate aftermath of any type of car accident, it is important to take the following three steps:
- Notify authorities of your accident
- Get medical attention for any injuries you or your passengers may have suffered, regardless of how mild you think your injuries may be
- Inform your insurance company of your accident
Take mental notes as to the circumstances and surroundings leading up to the accident. Pay attention to the type of road your accident occurred on, the time of day it happened, and the weather conditions that existed. Notice whether there were any streetlights, guardrails, or obstacles in the road, and get contact information for any witnesses who may have witnessed your accident. Before making any statements assuming blame for your accident, contact our experienced can accident attorney for a free consultation.
Contact Us for Professional Assistance
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys can advise you on how to deal with insurance companies, and can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.