What Causes a Single-Vehicle Car Accident?

Like multi-vehicle car accidents, single-vehicle car accidents can be the result of almost any variable. In fact, single-vehicle car crashes are often triggered by the same factors that cause multi-vehicle crashes. For example, drunk driving is one of the most common factors behind car accidents in the United States – but not all drunk driving car accidents involve multiple vehicles. An intoxicated driver could just as easily crash into an inanimate object and cause property damage as he/she could collide with another vehicle. Like drunk drivers, distracted motorists can cause single-vehicle accidents as well.

Speeding is another common variable in car accidents. Excessive speed is dangerous on a variety of levels. Not only do speeding drivers place other motorists in danger, but themselves as well. A speeding motorist could easily spin out of control, hit an inanimate object or veer off the road. These types of accidents don’t always result in multi-vehicle accidents, but are still dangerous and cause a considerable amount of property damage. Additionally, other forms of reckless driving are responsible for single-vehicle car accidents. The term “reckless driving” can refer to excessive lane-changes, tailgating, and other dangerous behaviors.

Weather conditions are also a common factor in single-vehicle car accidents. A driver might lose control of his/her vehicle in the rain or fail to see a dead-end in heavy fog. Although these conditions do not always cause car accidents, they can decrease the driver’s ability to see, hear, and avoid potential obstacles. Similarly, driving at dusk or nighttime can increase a driver’s risk of missing turns, hitting objects, or swerving off the road. At night, headlights are unable to provide the same visibility as daylight. Driving at dusk can be equally as dangerous because the absence of shadows makes it difficult for motorists to differentiate between the road and other objects.


Auto product defects are another common factor in single-vehicle car accidents. Product liability can refer to manufacturing errors or faulty vehicle designs. For example, a faulty tire might burst and cause a motorist to swerve off the road into a wall, resulting in a serious accident and severe injuries. Tire defect cases tend to involve tread separation and tire blowouts and are often associated with manufacturing errors. After an accident, victims or their family members may be able to collect financial compensation for the ramifications of the tire defect. Victims can recover damages for emotional suffering and medical expenses.

Vehicle design defects are another type of auto product liability. During a single-vehicle car accident, passengers still need the protection of seat belts and other safety measures. If a car is designed with safety errors, the vehicle designer may be held partially liable for any injuries sustained by victims in a single-vehicle accident. For example: a weak roof design could collapse during a car accident, causing significant injury or death. A poorly designed seatbelt could break during an accident. Additionally, a faulty vehicle design could lead to an after-collision fire. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a similar error, contact our Austin car accident attorney today.


Have you or a loved one suffered a serious or fatal injury in a single-car accident? The Loewy Law Firm is dedicated to helping people like you get the financial compensation they need after a devastating car accident. For more than a decade, Attorney Adam Loewy has served the people of Austin by providing high-quality legal guidance and representation in personal injury claims and lawsuits. To learn more, contact The Loewy Law Firm today.