Single Vehicle Auto Accidents with Stationary Objects in Delaware
Dedicated injury attorneys safeguarding the rights of injured clients in Newark, Wilmington and Seaford, DE
If you should end up in a single vehicle crash where you hit a stationary object, you most probably understand that you will be held responsible. If you own the vehicle then the collision coverage on your auto insurance policy will pay for the cost to repair the damage or replace the car if it has been totaled. When a car crashes into a stationary object such as a tree, a light pole, a cement barrier, a mailbox, or the side of a building it can cause tremendous damage to both your vehicle and your body.
The auto accident injury attorneys at the law firm of Silverman, Mc Donald & Friedman make up a team that you can trust to protect your rights. When you must face the big, corporate insurance company lawyers who want to make sure that they protect their client’s interests and pay you as little as they can get away with, we spring into action. That is why so many people in Newark, Seaford and Wilmington, Delaware have trusted our auto accident attorneys to help them obtain the compensation they need to move forward – and we want you to trust us, too.
Liability in a crash with a stationary object
While it may seem clear at first glance that the driver was at fault when they crashed into a light pole, there are circumstances under which the driver is not at fault in a single vehicle crash with a stationary object. For example, the driver may have swerved to avoid colliding with a drunk driver and crashed into the light pole. A driver could be traveling down the road during a thunderstorm and crash into a tree in the road that came down in the storm. In another situation, the driver may have recently had a new tire installed which then blew out, causing the vehicle to careen into the side of a building. Any other type of defective equipment, such as brakes or steering mechanisms, could also contribute to a single vehicle crash into a stationary object.
In the case where you swerve to avoid a reckless driver, it might be impossible to hold that driver responsible unless they stop and you get their contact information. In the case of the defective tire or other equipment, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer, the mechanic who installed it and any other parties in the chain of commerce in a products liability lawsuit.
Why do single car crashes with stationary objects cause such devastating injuries?
When a vehicle crashes into an inanimate object it is often head-on, but if the crash is not squarely head-on, but slightly off-center, the damage can be tremendous. Your body is sitting inside of a vehicle, which is traveling at 40 miles per hour. In a collision, the vehicle comes to an abrupt halt, but your body continues to travel through space at 40 miles an hour until it comes into contact with an object that halts its forward motion. In a car, the airbag in the steering wheel and the seat belt restrain your body against the forces at play, but hitting a stationary object that does not crumple and absorb some of the energy of the crash. In an article in Road and Track Magazine, cars that crash into stationary objects can cause seats to break free from their moorings, or the vehicle can ricochet off the solid barrier causing even more carnage.
Common injuries from an auto accident with a stationary object
The occupants of a vehicle in a crash with an inanimate object may sustain serious injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
- Broken bones
- Hip, leg, and knee injuries
Help for those injured in a single vehicle crash with a stationary object
Even if you have been injured in a single vehicle accident, you will still benefit from a consultation with an experienced, Delaware auto accident attorney from the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman. From our offices in Wilmington, Seaford, and Newark, we handle the insurance company, work with your doctors and investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident to find out if there might be third party who is liable for your injuries.
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your car crash with a stationary object today
When you have been injured in a car crash where another driver sideswiped your car and caused you to be injured. At the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we protect the rights of those who have been injured in a car crash. You may call us at 312.314.5553 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation to get legal advice about your case. From our offices in Wilmington, Newark, and Seaford we proudly serve injured clients throughout Delaware.