When you think about car accidents and personal injury litigation, you might assume that we are only talking about multi-vehicle incidents, such as a T-bone or rear-end collision. But single vehicle accidents account for a significant percentage of highway fatalities and injuries every years. In fact, according to the most recent figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety–a nonprofit organization funded by the car insurance industry–58 percent of motor vehicle-related deaths in Nevada occurred in single vehicle accidents. That is slightly above the national average of 55 percent.
But just because an accident officially involved one vehicle, that does not necessarily mean that the driver was wholly at fault. A number of environmental factors, including the condition of the vehicle and the road, as well as actions taken by other drivers, can all be contributing factors to a single vehicle accident. If you have been injured, or lost a loved one, in such an accident, it is therefore important to make sure there is a full investigation into all of the causes.
Police and insurance companies are often quick to assign sole responsibility to the driver. But seemingly simple accidents may belie a series of more complex causes. At Naqvi Injury Law, we know better than to take a single vehicle accident at face value. Many perfectly responsible drivers are victims of third-party negligence that is not always immediately obvious. It requires extensive investigation and research to uncover what went wrong. Our experienced legal team will leave no stone unturned when it comes to identifying the responsible parties and seeking full compensation on behalf of accident victims.
The first thing we look at in any single vehicle accident is whether the car or truck itself was at fault–or more specifically, if the companies responsible for manufacturing the vehicle were negligent. Although the majority of motor vehicles on Nevada’s roads are perfectly safe, there are still far too many cars and trucks that suffer from manufacturing or design defects. Nevada’s product liability laws allow victims to recover when such defects lead to injury.
Nevada follows a strict liability rule, which means that if a plaintiff can prove they were injured by a flaw in a product’s design or manufacture–or there was a “failure to warn” with respect to a known safety risks–said plaintiff is likely entitled to recover damages. “Strict” liability in this context means that the manufacturer is responsible no matter how careful they were, i.e. it is unnecessary to prove there was any negligence. Of course, if there is evidence of negligence, that too can establish product liability. For instance, if a car manufacturer ignores internal tests that show a part is defective, that can demonstrate negligence.
The problem with modern vehicles, unlike other kinds of consumer products, is they are complex machines composed of thousands of parts. There may be dozens, if not hundreds, of companies that were involved in the design and manufacturing process. It may take several months just to figure out what individual part (or parts) failed and who was responsible for it. This is where there is no substitute for having a Las Vegas single vehicle accident attorney on your side. Attorney Farhan Naqvi leads a highly skilled team of lawyers who have experience investigating and pursuing product liability claims. In fact, even after handling over 4,000 personal injury cases, Attorney Naqvi has never lost a jury trial.
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Beyond vehicle manufacturers, a single vehicle accident may also be the result of a defect in the design or maintenance of the roadway where the accident took place. It may be something as straightforward as a failure to fix a pothole or a malfunctioning traffic signal. Or it could be a more basic design defect such as a lack of signage or faded lane markings.
Product liability may also come into play here. For example, throughout the country there have been a number of deadly single vehicle accidents attributed to defective highway guardrails. These devices are supposed to prevent a vehicle from leaving the roadway. It should also absorb the impact of the crash to prevent a deflection of the vehicle back into traffic. But in a number of reported cases, defective guardrails have actually impaled the drivers, killing them.
At Naqvi Injury Law, we can help you determine if any kind of roadway or road equipment led to your injuries or a loved one’s death. These types of cases can get especially complicated since most roadways are managed by the State of Nevada, Clark County, and other government agencies. You cannot simply file a personal injury lawsuit against the government in the same manner you would against an individual or a private company. Instead, you must seek relief under the Nevada Tort Claims Act. This Act contains specific requirements that must be strictly followed.
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Other third parties that may have caused or contributed to a single vehicle accident include pedestrians and other motorists on the road. Consider a situation where a driver swerves to avoid a pedestrian or a bicyclist who darts out into the road without warning. In an effort to avoid hitting the negligent actor, the driver hits a tree and sustains serious injuries. It may be possible to hold these individuals accountable for their negligence.
Whatever your particular circumstance, Naqvi Injury Law is ready to help. Attorney Farhan Naqvi has assembled a legendary team of lawyers and legal staff whose only focus is obtaining the best result for you and your family. Our track record is why we have a perfect 10.0 score from Avvo and have the highest rating from our peers in the legal community–that includes judges and attorneys–from Martindale-Hubbell.
At Naqvi Injury Law, we pride ourselves on transparency and honesty in all aspects of our client relationships. That is why we never charge upfront fees. We only get paid when you do. Our rates are also significantly lower than you will find among other, less accomplished personal injury lawyers in the Las Vegas area. But do not just take our word for it. Call us today at (702) 553-1000 or contact us by email to schedule a free consultation.
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