The Labor Day holiday weekend brought more than fun and festivities for two drivers involved in a fatal car crash in Kershaw County, South Carolina. As Mr. Ronny Layton Jr. approached Highway 601 South, he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the motorcycle.
Unfortunately, all life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and Mr. Layton was pronounced deceased at the scene of the incident. According to WSOC-TV, 2021 saw record-breaking numbers of motorcycle collisions in South Carolina. Armada Law has handled a number of cases involving catastrophic injuries due to a single-vehicle collision. In these cases, our clients were going about their everyday lives and were hit with an unexpected traumatic experience. When we think about motor vehicle collisions, we naturally begin to ponder collisions involving ourselves and at least one other driver.
Single-car collisions are much more common than one would think. In these types of collisions, there is only one person operating the vehicle, and there is no other vehicle involved.
In a single-car collision, there is typically only one source of recovery: the insurance company of the driver of the vehicle. In these cases, it is pertinent to open a claim with the insurance company of the driver to pursue reimbursement for medical and other expenses.
If you are the driver of the vehicle in a single-car collision, there are a few things to be prepared for. First, if there were passengers in the vehicle with you, they will likely pursue a claim with your insurance company to get reimbursed for their expenses. Second, if you were deemed “at fault” for the incident, your insurance company may find it difficult to pay for your expenses. If you are thinking about pursuing a claim with your insurance company, be sure to consult with an attorney with experience in handling single-car collisions.
Certainly, there are single-car collisions that are not due to the negligence of the driver. Examples of these include vehicle malfunctions, sudden inclement weather, or other external forces. In these cases, there are other parties who may be held liable for the single-car collision. To determine if there are other parties at fault for your collision, be sure to do your research, and discuss all of your options with an attorney to ensure you leave no money on the table!
Do you have more questions about single-car collisions? Contact Armada Law today for your free legal consultation!