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Can I Recover Compensation for a Single-Car Accident in California?

Recovering compensation for a single-car accident in California is possible—but only under specific circumstances. At first glance, it may seem impossible to recover compensation because you were the only person involved in the crash, but you might be able to hold various other parties accountable.

A Manufacturer Could Be at Fault

Try to remember the moments before your crash. Was something going wrong with your vehicle? Was any part of it not working properly? If so, you might be able to pursue compensation for your California single-car crash from the manufacturer of your vehicle or the defective part.

For example, relatively recent cases have identified manufacturing defects that caused vehicles to accelerate without warning. If something like that caused your single-car crash, you might have a viable claim for compensation on your hands.

Other examples of vehicle manufacturing defects include the following:

  • Rolling over at normal speeds
  • Catching on fire
  • Brakes not working properly
  • Airbags deploying improperly
  • Brake failure
  • Various other vehicle parts malfunctioning

If you’re not a mechanic, finding out what exactly went wrong with your vehicle before your crash can be a challenge. But a car accident lawyer can use expert testimony to show what caused your single-car accident.

A Government Agency Could Be to Blame

Even the government can be responsible for a single-car crash if it did not maintain public roads properly. Laws dictate road safety standards like how sharp a shoulder drop-off can be or how smooth the pavement needs to be on the highway. There are even rules regarding potholes.

It is the responsibility of the government to follow its own rules. If an agency responsible for maintaining road safety failed to do so, and that failure caused your California single-car crash, you could be eligible for compensation.

You Can Recover Compensation

Once your car accident lawyer has identified what caused your single-car crash and determined that you’re eligible for compensation, you will then need to list all of your damages to ensure you receive full compensation.

You might be able to recover compensation for the following damages after a single-car crash in California:

  • Lost wages
  • Transportation expenses
  • Cost to retrofit your home to accommodate a disability
  • Transportation expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Emotional trauma

Speak with a Car Accident Lawyer

Find out what your case is worth and how to file an injury claim by meeting with a car accident lawyer at our office. Call Kohan & Bablove, LLP at 844-404-2400 or fill out the form below.