Earlier this month, the driver of a mail truck was taken to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a serious single-vehicle accident on Annapolis Road. According to a local news report, the male driver was between 25 and 30 years old, although his name was not released at the time of the article’s publication.
Evidently, the mailman was driving westbound on Annapolis Road near the intersection of Highbridge Road. As the mailman approached the intersection, another driver was in the process of making a left-hand turn in front of the mailman. Believing that he was going to crash into the turning vehicle, the mailman swerved to avoid the collision.
As he swerved out of the car’s way, he lost control of the mail truck, which flipped over and then crossed into the median. The man was taken into the hospital with life-threatening injuries and is still in critical condition. Police are still investigating the accident, attempting to glean as much information from the scene of the accident as possible. They have also asked any potential witnesses to come forward with any pertinent information.
Determining Fault in Maryland Single-Vehicle Accidents
Some single-vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence or fault of the injured driver. However, others are caused by some other party, usually another driver, city government, or construction company.
Consider the case above. While the accident technically only involved one vehicle, the accident may have been caused by the other driver making what was a potentially illegal left-hand turn. If this was the case, the driver of the mail truck may be able to look to the negligent driver of the other vehicle to help him cover the costs he has incurred as a result of the accident.
With that said, proving this type of a case can be difficult because there is rarely the physical evidence that is present in most multi-vehicle accidents, such as skid marks, vehicle damage, and so forth. However, with the assistance of eyewitness testimony and circumstantial evidence, it is possible to prove a case against a second-party driver in a single-vehicle accident.
Other potential parties who may be held responsible in single-vehicle accidents are city governments and construction companies. For example, if a construction company fails to leave the road in a safe and usable condition, it may be held liable. A similar situation may arise if the company fails to adequately warn drivers of dangerous conditions with appropriate signage.
Have You Been Involved in a Single-Vehicle Accident that You Believe Was Caused by Another’s Negligence?
If you have recently been involved in a single-vehicle accident, don’t let the fact that no other driver was involved in the accident deter you from seeking justice. It may be that a second or third party was responsible for the dangerous condition that led to the accident causing your injuries. To learn more about financial recovery after a single-vehicle accident, contact once of the dedicated and skilled Maryland personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600.
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Silver Springs DUI Accident Results in One Woman’s Death, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published March 3, 2015.
One Man Dead after Fatal Howard County Accident Involving Snow Plow and Icy Roads, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published February 24, 2015.