In early October, a man died after crashing into a tree because he swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle. The accident, which happened in Austin near an I-35 exit, shows that crashing into another car is not the only way for serious injuries to occur. In some cases, another driver can be found at fault for your injuries even if he or she was not directly involved in your collision. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you establish liability in these often complicated cases.
When Can Another Driver Be Liable For a Single-Vehicle Crash?
In many single-car accidents, the driver of the vehicle that crashed is considered responsible, and there may not be a possibility of pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. However, this is not always the case. If the actions of another driver initiated the chain of events that led you to crash, they may be liable for your injuries. Possible situations when this could be the case include:
- Another driver swerving into your lane on the interstate
- Another driver pulling out in front of you at an intersection
- Another driver approaching you head-on while driving in the wrong direction or making an unsafe passing maneuver
- Another driver coming to a sudden stop in front of you
- Another driver stalling or parking their vehicle in an unsafe location
If you are injured after trying to avoid another driver, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may worry that your own car or health insurance is your only option for helping to cover your expenses, but contacting an attorney early on can help you determine whether a personal injury claim may be a better option. We will also help you gather evidence of the other driver’s negligence, possibly including video footage and witness testimony of the time surrounding the accident, which is crucial in these cases in which there may be no physical evidence of another driver’s involvement....