When most of us hear the term car wreck, we invariably envision the aftermath of a serious multi-car accident complete with paramedics tending to the injured, witnesses talking to the police and perhaps even a crowd of nervous onlookers whispering to one another.
While these types of mental images are accurate, they are really only one part of a much larger picture. Indeed, the unfortunate reality is that car wrecks can take many different forms — rear-ends, t-bone collisions, head-on crashes — involve many different parties — pedestrians, truckers, motorcyclists — and be attributable to many different causes — texting while driving, speeding, impaired driving.
In fact, one type of accident that people frequently forget, but which are no less devastating are single-vehicle accidents.
By way of example, consider a passenger who is injured when the distracted driver of the vehicle in which they are riding crashes into a concrete barrier, a driver injured in a collision only to see the responsible party speed off, and a family injured after being run off the road by an unidentified trucker.
One of the reasons why people might overlook single-vehicle accidents is that they associate them with little to no legal recourse, meaning they believe that anyone involved in these mishaps are essentially out of luck when it comes seeking damages for all the harm that they’ve endured.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as drivers and passengers often have multiple legal options. For example, they might be able to seek benefits via their own insurance policies under their uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
For this and other reasons, parties involved in single-vehicle accidents should seriously consider speaking with a skilled legal professional who can examine their situation and help determine whether they have a claim.
At Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, our team of highly skilled attorneys has considerable experience helping accident victims of all kinds secure both justice and peace of mind. To learn more about our firm and our approach in single-vehicle accident cases, please visit our website.