Recently, a single-vehicle crash into a column on Wurzbach Parkway led to the death of one man. Law enforcement stated that the man was apparently speeding, and around the Starcrest eastbound exit, he lost control of his car, striking a concrete column just off the road. Firefighters tried to extricate him from the vehicle, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Single-vehicle accidents are sadly common in Texas, and if you manage to survive one, your injuries can be quite severe. However, because only one driver is alleged to be involved in a single-vehicle crash, it can be very hard to seek compensation from anyone, especially if you attempt to do so on your own.
Texas Roads Can Contribute to Single-Vehicle Crashes
Single-vehicle accidents are extremely dangerous and can cause a disproportionately high rate of fatalities. Unfortunately, Texas roads have many of the characteristics that can lead to higher rates of single-vehicle accidents than might occur in other areas. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pinpoint these characteristics – for example, single-vehicle crashes are more likely to happen on rural roads, involving vehicles moving at a high rate of speed (Texas contains most of the roads with the highest speed limits in the nation).
This type of crash can be extremely difficult to deal with for the average person, not only because of any injuries sustained, but also because your insurer will very often try to play hardball by raising your rates and trying to find ways to deny your claim. In Texas, a claimant in court cannot recover any damages if they are ruled to be more than 50 percent responsible for their own injuries, and many insurers will assume that you are totally responsible simply because no other vehicle was involved in the crash.
Who to Sue?
If you have been injured in a single-vehicle crash, but you believe that it was due to something other than your own negligence, it can be difficult to determine who might bear responsibility depending on the specific facts of your accident. For example, if the driver on Wurzbach Parkway had survived, he likely would have been judged at least partially responsible due to his documented speeding – but another driver in the same situation might not have been held responsible if, say, the car’s brakes failed to operate properly.
It is important to keep in mind that if your accident might lead you to filing suit against the entity charged with keeping the roads safe – for example, if you struck a hidden pothole or a guardrail was missing, that might render a governmental agency liable – you need to make certain that you are able to file under law. Some state and federal agencies are protected by sovereign immunity, which means that the average person is only allowed to sue them under certain very specific circumstances. An experienced attorney may be able to help you figure out how best to proceed.
Can a New Braunfels Auto Accident Lawyer Help?
If you have experienced a single-vehicle accident, you need experienced legal help that can answer your questions and give you some guidance on how to handle your bills while you try to recover. The skilled New Braunfels single-vehicle accident lawyers at the Bettersworth Law Firm are well versed in these types of cases and will work hard to get yours a fair outcome. Call our offices today at 888-392-0039 to schedule a free consultation.