If you are partially at fault for an accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. However, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for a car accident, you can only recover 80% of your damages. If your damages are $100,000, you would only receive $80,000 in compensation.
The way that partial fault is determined varies from state to state. Some states use a pure comparative negligence system, which means that you can recover compensation even if you are more than 50% at fault. Other states use a modified comparative negligence system, which means that you can only recover compensation if you are less than 50% at fault.
If you are involved in an accident and you believe that you may be partially at fault, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can help you to determine your percentage of fault and can represent you in negotiations with the insurance company or in court.
Here are some tips for dealing with a personal injury claim if you are partially at fault:
- Be honest with your lawyer. It is important to be honest with your lawyer about your role in the accident. This will help your lawyer to develop a strong case and to negotiate a fair settlement.
- Do not admit fault. Even if you believe that you are partially at fault for the accident, do not admit fault to the insurance company or to the other party. This could prejudice your ability to recover compensation.
- Gather evidence. Just like any other personal injury claim, it is important to gather evidence to support your claim. This may include taking photos and videos of the accident scene, collecting witness statements, and obtaining medical records.
- Work with an experienced lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you to protect your legal rights and interests and can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Remember, even if you are partially at fault for an accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
This article is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation.