Experienced Los Angeles Single-Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Los Angeles Single-Vehicle Accident Attorney

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What is a Single-Vehicle Accident?

A single-vehicle accident is an incident that involves only one motor vehicle. Unlike multi-vehicle accidents, which involve multiple vehicles colliding with each other, single-vehicle accidents can occur when a vehicle collides with a fixed object or when it rolls over.

In 2020, there were a significant number of car accidents in the United States. Fatal accidents numbered 35,766, with injuries resulting from 1,593,390 crashes and property damage caused by 3,621,681 collisions. Overall, there were a total of 5,250,837 collisions during that year. [1]

What is a Single-Vehicle Accident?

These types of accidents can result in injuries to both the occupants inside the vehicle and individuals outside the vehicle. For example, if a car hits a tree or a lamppost, the driver and any passengers may be injured. Pedestrians or bystanders near the accident scene could also be at risk if they are struck by the vehicle.

Common Causes of Single-Vehicle Accidents

Single-vehicle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, often due to factors that are within the control of the driver. 

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a dangerous and prevalent issue in Los Angeles, with consequences that can be devastating. Commonly caused by activities that are against traffic laws, such as texting while driving, this behavior can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, increasing the risk of traffic collisions.

Talking on the phone while driving significantly increases the risk of getting into a car accident by 400%. [2]

Texting while driving is particularly dangerous, as it diverts the driver’s attention away from the road and onto their phone. Studies have shown that texting while driving is comparable to driving under the influence of alcohol in terms of impairing driving ability. It significantly increases the likelihood of being in a crash, endangering not only the driver but also other motorists and pedestrians.

Distracted driving claims 8 lives per day — approximately 3,500 per year. [3]

Texting is not the only form of distracted or reckless driving. Other activities such as eating, grooming, using navigation systems, or even talking to passengers can all lead to automobile accidents. Any action that takes a driver’s eyes, hands, or attention away from the task of driving can have serious consequences.

Distracted Driving

Poor Road Conditions

Poor road conditions in Los Angeles can significantly contribute to single-vehicle accidents. One of the most common examples of poor road conditions is the presence of potholes. These road hazards can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, leading to accidents. The city of Los Angeles can be held liable for injuries resulting from these accidents if they were aware of the potholes and failed to repair them in a timely manner.

Road damage is another issue that can contribute to single-vehicle accidents. Cracked or uneven surfaces can cause drivers to lose traction, especially during wet or slippery conditions. This can result in a loss of control and potentially lead to a single-vehicle crash.

Vehicle Malfunction

Vehicle malfunctions can significantly contribute to single-vehicle or traffic accidents. Mechanical failures, such as brake failure and tire blowouts, are among the most common issues that can lead to these accidents.

When brakes fail, drivers may be unable to slow down or stop their vehicles, putting them at a higher risk of colliding with other objects or veering off the road. Tire blowouts, on the other hand, can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, potentially resulting in a single-vehicle crash.

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Drunk or drugged driving poses serious dangers and consequences in single-vehicle accidents. When individuals operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their driving abilities become impaired, leading to devastating consequences.

Both alcohol and drugs affect a driver’s reaction time, coordination, and judgment. Alcohol, for instance, slows down the processing of information in the brain, impairs judgment, and decreases motor skills. This can result in delayed braking and steering responses, making it difficult for drunk drivers to react effectively to sudden changes on the road.

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Types of Injuries Sustained in Single-Vehicle Accidents

Single-vehicle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to severe and life-altering conditions.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are a serious consequence of single-vehicle accidents that can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. These catastrophic injuries occur when the brain suffers a sudden impact or severe jolt, causing it to collide with the skull. The force of a single-vehicle crash can lead to severe TBIs, often resulting in life-altering disabilities.

The symptoms of a TBI can vary depending on the severity of the injury but may include headaches, dizziness, memory problems, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, and impaired coordination. In more severe cases, individuals may experience seizures or slurred speech.

The long-term effects of a TBI can be debilitating. They can affect an individual’s ability to work, perform daily activities, and maintain relationships. In some cases, TBIs can result in permanent cognitive and physical impairments, impacting an individual’s quality of life.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries resulting from single-vehicle accidents occur when the spinal cord is damaged, leading to loss of function below the site of the injury.

The severity of spinal cord injuries can range from incomplete, where some function remains, to complete, where there is a total loss of function. Complications can be serious and life-threatening.  

Broken Bones and Soft Tissue Damage

Broken bones, also known as fractures, can occur in various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, ribs, and pelvis. These fractures may occur after an accident and may require surgery or immobilization with casts or braces. In severe cases, complex fractures may lead to long-term problems and limited mobility.

Soft tissue damage refers to injuries in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprains and strains are common soft tissue injuries that can cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion. These injuries require rest, often physical therapy, and, in some cases, surgery for complete recovery.

Whiplash Injuries and Neck Pain

Whiplash injuries and neck pain are common consequences of car accidents. When a vehicle is struck from behind or experiences a sudden impact, the head can be forcefully jerked forward and backward, causing strain to the neck muscles and ligaments. This can result in severe neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and a limited range of motion.

If you experience these symptoms after a car accident, it is essential to seek professional medical care and treatment immediately. Even if the pain seems mild at first, it can worsen over time and lead to long-term pain and suffering if left untreated. A medical professional can accurately diagnose whiplash injuries and provide appropriate care to alleviate pain and promote healing.

Whiplash Injuries and Neck Pain

The Role of a Los Angeles Single-Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Our experienced car accident attorneys play a major role in providing legal assistance to individuals involved in single-vehicle accidents. We investigate the cause of the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent the client in court if necessary. Goldberg & Loren law firm is dedicated to advocating for your rights as an accident victim, and we will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Have you recently been involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles?

With years of extensive experience and a track record of success, our legal team is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims like you.

Don’t wait another day to seek justice. Contact us now at Goldberg & Loren for a free consultation with our Los Angeles auto accident lawyers. You deserve experienced and compassionate representation on your side. Call us today to take the first step towards rebuilding your life after your accident. 


[1] Bieber, C. (2023, January 23). Car Accident Statistics For 2023. Forbes Advisor. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/legal/car-accident-statistics/

[2] Interesting Facts on Car Crashes. (n.d.). Visual.ly. https://visual.ly/community/Infographics/transportation/interesting-facts-car-crashes

[3] Distracted Driving Statistics. (n.d.). The Zebra. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://www.thezebra.com/resources/research/distracted-driving-statistics/

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