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Single Vehicle Accidents

New Hampshire Attorneys Representing Plaintiffs in Car Crash Cases

Single vehicle accidents involve only one car but can result in serious injuries and property damage. While the injured party in a car crash usually can direct blame for the accident toward the driver of another car, the driver in a single vehicle accident may be the only injured party, and it may be difficult to recover damages. If you were involved in a single car accident, you should contact an attorney who is proficient in handling New Hampshire car accident cases to discuss your options for seeking compensation. The New Hampshire car accident lawyers of Peter Thompson and Associates have more than 60 years of total experience helping New Hampshire residents harmed in single car accidents pursue any damages that they may be owed.

Factors that Contribute to Single Car Accidents

Inclement weather can cause slippery or icy road conditions, which can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle and collide with a pole or run off the road. Single car accidents can also be caused by an unsafe road design. Additionally, a defect in the car itself, due to an unsafe design or a manufacturing error, can cause a single car accident. In many single car accidents, negligent driving is also a factor that contributes to the accident. For example, a driver may be intoxicated or distracted by their phone, and they may accidentally drive off the road.

Seeking Compensation Following a Single Vehicle Accident

The injured party in a single car accident may be the driver or a passenger. In either situation, the injured party will most likely need to prove that the accident was caused by negligence. Under New Hampshire law, to prove negligence, you must show that another party owed you a duty, which the party breached. You must then show that the breach caused the accident, and the accident caused you to suffer actual harm. In cases in which a single car accident was caused by a poorly designed or maintained road, or an unsafe car, you will most likely need to engage an expert to prove your theory of liability. Recovering damages in a single car accident case can be challenging, and victims may benefit from the assistance of a skilled attorney.

In cases involving single vehicle accidents, the argument that the negligence of the driver involved in the accident caused the accident is often presented as a defense to any claim for damages set forth by the driver. If the driver is partially at fault for the accident, as long as his or her fault does not exceed 50%, he or she may still be awarded compensation. Any compensation awarded will be reduced in proportion to the amount of the driver’s fault, however. For example, if the driver has sustained $80,000 in damages and is found to be 25% at fault for the accident, he or she will obtain $60,000.

Damages Sought in Single Car Accident Cases

Single car accidents often result in substantial damage to the car itself. Additionally, single car accidents typically result in bodily harm to occupants of the car. If you were involved in a single car accident as either a driver or a passenger, you may be able to recover compensation for the cost of the treatment for any injuries that you sustained in the accident and any treatment that you may need going forward. If you were unable to work following the accident, you can also seek damages for lost wages. If you were the driver, you may be able to recoup the cost of repairing your car as well. In addition to compensation for the financial harm caused by the accident, it is typical for injured parties to seek damages for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. If you wish to hold another party liable following a single car accident, it is essential to act in a timely manner, since lawsuits arising out of car accidents in New Hampshire must be filed within three years of the accident.

Consult a Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney for Advice and Representation

If you were involved in a single car accident, it is in your best interest to meet with a car accident lawyer in New Hampshire to analyze the facts surrounding your accident and assess whether you may be able to pursue compensation. Our experience in handling New Hampshire car accident cases has allowed us to maintain a record of successful verdicts. We have offices in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, and we represent people injured in car accidents throughout New Hampshire. We can be reached at 800-804-2004 or through our online form to schedule a meeting.