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Who’s at Fault for a Single-Car Accident?

When you’re hurt in a typical car accident, the liable party is often a careless driver who hit you. But sometimes, there is no other driver. You’re certain you didn’t cause the accident, but no one else was there when you lost control of your car and crashed.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your fault. Your Orange County car accident lawyer at Kohan & Bablove LLP understands that some car accidents are the fault of indirect negligence, not your actions. If you suspect someone else is at fault for your single-car accident, reach out for help identifying the at-fault party and getting compensated fairly.

Manufacturers May Be Responsible

When you’re hurt in a car accident, you may have noticed something went wrong with your car seconds before your car accident. Your brakes may have failed, your steering wheel may have locked up, or maybe your airbags failed to deploy correctly and at the right time. 

Manufacturers are expected to create products that are reasonably safe to use, but manufacturers can be careless, too. Some may even try to cut corners, making a more dangerous product that leads to major injuries. Because of this, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturing company that caused the accident.

Proving the manufacturer was responsible for the accident can be tough. For example, you may be unsure how the brakes failed, and you may be unsure how to get an expert witness who can prove the part was faulty. In these cases, you may need a lawyer and their connections to get the answers you need.

Road Defects and Government Agencies

In other cases, it may not have been your car that malfunctioned. Your car may have otherwise been working fine, but you hit a deep pothole that damaged a part of your car. Because of this damage, you may have lost control of your vehicle and crashed.

Or maybe you crashed on a dangerous road with issues like poor sight lines or missing traffic signs.

In these cases, you may need to seek out a lawsuit against the government agency responsible for maintaining the roads. The Orange County Transportation Authority should have repaired the pothole or addressed visibility concerns, especially if these issues were reported in the past. Their negligence may have caused your costly accident.

But getting compensation from a government agency may not be so easy. Government agencies can be difficult to sue, considering state laws often protect them from legal actions. Luckily, your lawyer can help you determine your time limits and gather evidence that works for your claim.

Ask How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Recovering from a single-car accident isn’t easy. You may have trouble proving you weren’t at fault, for example, or the at-fault party may claim you were partly responsible for the accident. 

That’s why it’s so important to talk to a lawyer from Kohan & Bablove LLP before you get started. Your car crash lawyer is here to help you determine who’s at fault and hold them responsible in Orange County. Talk to a lawyer in a free consultation when you call 1-844-404-2400 or complete the online contact form below.