Hurt in a Single Vehicle Car Accident in Springfield? The Noll Law Office and Their Car Accident Lawyers in Springfield Can Help
Although most people believe that motor vehicle accidents need to involve multiple vehicles, the truth is that this is not always the case. In fact, fatal single vehicle car accidents occur 52% of the time throughout the United States. Those same statistics also reveal that, in Illinois, single vehicle car accidents occur just as often as multiple vehicle car accidents (50% of the time). Contrary to what many people may believe, but victims injured in a single vehicle car accident in Springfield may still be entitled to recover compensation for their injuries. Not only does this include pedestrians, bicyclists, or passengers who are injured, but also drivers who are injured. Unfortunately, these cases can be very difficult – especially if just a driver was injured in a single vehicle car accident. This is why victims and their families need to hire an experienced car accident lawyer in Springfield such as one of those at the Noll Law Office.
This personal injury law firm is a husband-wife team, who are fifth-generation lawyers from a family that has been serving this community and Illinois for decades. Unlike other bodily injury law firms that treat clients as a file number, the Noll Law Office offers dedicated service to victims and their families, treating clients as family. As a result, clients of the Noll Law Office received truly personalized service, allowing them to speak with a lawyer in their community who is handling their case. This is particularly important in catastrophic motor vehicle accident cases, where victims and their families need to know that they are getting the zealous representation that they deserve. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in any personal injury accident or motor vehicle accident, contact the experienced legal team at the Noll Law Office at (217) 414-8889 to learn more about your rights during a FREE case evaluation.
Common Examples of a Single Vehicle Car Accident in Springfield
There are many ways that a single vehicle car accident could occur, with many of these reasons being due to negligence. Although not all single vehicle car accidents in Springfield or Illinois will indeed result in liability, there are many times when it can result in liability for a passenger, pedestrians, bicyclists, or even a driver. Some of the most common examples of single vehicle car accidents in Illinois include the following:
- Inclement weather
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drugged driving
- Vehicle defects
- Manufacturer errors or product liability issues
- Driver errors
- Ridesharing app accidents
- Poorly maintained roads
- Tree branches or debris falling on a vehicle
- Construction zone accidents or work zone accidents
- Passenger distractions
- Medical events
- Road hazards, and
- Other causes that the experienced car accident lawyers in Springfield at the Noll Law Office may be able to handle for you.
Who Could be Liable for a Single Vehicle Car Accident in Illinois?
Proving liability, or fault, in a single vehicle car accident case can be difficult. It can also be confusing for a jury. That’s because most people assume that motor vehicle accidents involve multiple vehicles and that one party is at fault for the other party’s injuries. Therefore, most people have trouble separating the fact that accidents involving one vehicle could still result in liability and a recovery for one party where the second party is not so obvious.
However, there are many times when a single vehicle car accident can result in strong liability against a defendant. Some of the most common examples include the following:
Pedestrians Hit by a Car or Bicyclists Hit by a Car
The clearest case where fault can be attributed in a single vehicle car accident in Springfield or Illinois is where a pedestrian is hit by a car or a bicyclist is hit by a car. This is because, even though it is a single vehicle car accident, there is a second party – the pedestrian or bike rider – who can help a jury understand liability. Thus, anyone who has been hit by a car often has a stronger case than other victims injured in a single vehicle accident.
The next most obvious case of liability in a single vehicle car accident is where a passenger in a vehicle is injured. Generally, passengers do not have any comparative fault in a motor vehicle crash because they are not in control of a vehicle. They can, however, be liable where they contribute to the crash such as by grabbing the wheel or doing something else that causes a crash. But this is rare. Another way a passenger may have some comparative fault is by getting into a vehicle with an impaired driver or a suspended driver, however, this is also rare.
Therefore, most passengers who are injured in a single vehicle car accident will have a “full liability case,” meaning that they will not have their damages reduced by comparative fault. Thus, passengers may be entitled to recover the full value of their injuries or damages caused by a negligent driver.
Drivers Hurt or Killed in a Single Vehicle Car Accident
This is the most difficult case because juries have a hard time resolving liability in a single vehicle accident for the driver. That’s because of the misconception that a driver is always fully responsible for his or her vehicle and the way it is driven. Although this is an appropriate perception in most instances, it is not always accurate.
For instance, a driver may be entitled to compensation for a single vehicle car accident in Springfield or Illinois in the following situations:
- Improper repairs to a vehicle by a third-party company
- Manufacturer defects that cause a blown tire, brake failure, or another defect
- When another vehicle turns into the lane and the driver takes evasive action to avoid that vehicle, spinning out or striking a fixed object in the process
- Roadway design defects and negligence
- Poorly marked or set up construction zones or work zones which obtain dangerous or hazardous, and
- Other causes of a car accident which were not the fault of the driver that the Noll Law Office can help recover compensation for a victim and his or her family.
Injured in a Car Accident in Springfield? Call the Car Accident Lawyers at the Noll Law Office
Victims and their families may be eligible to recover compensation for their personal injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and their conscious pain and suffering after any type of accident in Illinois, especially a single vehicle car accident in Springfield. The Noll Law Office and their skilled car accident lawyers in Springfield can help victims and their families recover these damages, including for past or future losses. To learn more about how their compassionate and skilled team can help, contact them today to schedule a FREE consultation.