Ask An Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney: Can I pursue a claim if I was involved in a single-vehicle accident?

Published September 5th, 2012 in Blog, Car Accidents

Sometimes you can get into an accident by yourself.  In fact, just a few days ago, there was a single-vehicle accident near the Georgia/Alabama border.  Sadly, a 20-year old native of Rome, Georgia was killed in the accident.  So, just because there wasn’t another vehicle involved doesn’t mean the accidents are any less serious.

But what you want to know is if you can file a claim if there wasn’t another vehicle involved.  Well, looking at the common causes of single-vehicle accidents, it seems unlikely that you will have a claim to pursue.

To start us off, here’s a couple of common reasons for single-vehicle accidents:

  • Distracted driving.  As I’ve mentioned before, distracted driving can be extremely risky.  Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it forces you to take your hands off the wheel and look away from the road–not to mention the fact that your focuses aren’t on driving at all for those few seconds.  In the case of distracted driving, you will probably not be able pursue a claim because the accident will have been a result of your own negligence.
  • Slick roads.  When the roads are icy, it can become very easy for you to lose control of your vehicle.  Unfortunately, still, there is no claim to pursue because you should be fully aware of the weather hazards and conditions you are driving in.
  • Pot holes.  While pot holes are very annoying to come across and we try our best to avoid them, we cannot pursue a claim because you hit a pot hole.  Even if there was no way to avoid the pot hole, there are simply too many and usually avoidable for insurance companies to accept it as a claim.
  • Sun glares.  This is pretty self-explanatory, and while it’s a bit unfair because there’s nothing you can do about sun glares, you also can’t blame the sun for any accidents you might get into.  Your vehicle is still your responsibility.


As you can see, unless there are extenuating circumstances of the accident, you will most likely be held responsible for the accident (unless it is a comprehensive claim).  However, if you feel that you were involved in a single-vehicle accident, but the cause of the accident was someone else’s negligence, please feel free to contact Kim Law, and the attorneys will be more than happy to evaluate your claim.  If you need any additional information on personal injury claims, you can always check out our blog.

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