Single-Vehicle Car Accidents
Since Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance, it may be easier to secure money after a single-vehicle accident even if you were at-fault.
If you were involved in a single-vehicle collision (no other vehicles were involved in the accident), then you could secure coverage from your own policy’s personal injury protection (PIP) or property damage liability (PD). Many drivers also possess additional, optional coverages such as bodily injury liability coverage (BI).
If you were involved in a single-vehicle accident, let a Clearwater car accident attorney from Roman & Gaynor evaluate the accident against your policy and help you recover the money you need and deserve.
Many single-vehicle auto collisions are classified as “run-off-road” (ROR) accidents. In these types of accidents, a driver for one reason or another leaves the road and impacts something not on the road such as a light pole, sidewalk or other fixed object.
This type of accident can be attributed to a number of different causes. Some of the most common, recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are listed below.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly increases a driver’s chances of becoming involved in a single-vehicle accident. Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s faculties and, according to the study, 86.5 percent of drivers with alcohol use were involved in ROR crashes as opposed to 58.3 percent of sober drivers.
Out of the vehicles chosen for analysis in the NHTSA study, 90 percent of those who were speeding were involved in ROR crashes as opposed to 59.5 percent of drivers who were abiding by the posted speed limit.
Winding roads, such as mountain and rural roadways, are more commonly the scene of ROR crashes than suburban roads or other straight roads. According to the study, among crashes on curved roads, more than 90 percent of them were ROR collisions.
Debris in Roads
ROR collisions are commonly caused by drivers attempting to swerve out of the way of debris in the road. If possible, as soon as a hazard is discovered on a roadway, the city (or whoever is charged with maintaining the road) should remove the debris.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions can lead to limited visibility and slick road surfaces. ROR collisions are statistically more likely to occur in bad weather conditions as opposed to good weather conditions (high visibility, no rain, etc.)
The study also revealed the following statistics:
- Single-vehicle accidents with only the driver in the vehicle accounted for 68 percent of ROR crashes, while these types of accidents with multiple passengers accounted for 74.8 percent of ROR crashes.
- Over 91 percent of sleepy drivers are involved in ROR accidents as well as over 75 percent of inattentive drivers.
- Over-correcting a vehicle or swerving to avoid a possible collision were far more common causes of ROR collisions than other performance-related factors.
Roman & Gaynor: Skilled Clearwater Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a single-vehicle car accident, call a Clearwater car accident attorney from Roman & Gaynor. As Board Certified lawyers with more than 60 years of combined experience, we specialize in these types of cases. We can deal with the insurance company for you and go to whatever lengths necessary to secure the compensation you deserve.
For a free evaluation, call our Clearwater personal injury lawyers today.