One of the most common questions asked by people who have been significantly injured in vehicle accidents is whether or not they are still eligible to sue if they are partly at fault. In many cases, fault is complicated and should be investigated by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
You may still be eligible to seek compensation even if you are partly at fault as long as you are not more than half at fault for the accident itself. This is due to the concept known as comparative negligence. Some accidents may occur in which a single person such as a property owner or a driver is not completely at fault. These are accidents in which the actions of two or more individuals or parties contributed to the accident.
States have two different ways of putting together laws that establish what happens in these types of cases. A party that is partially at fault even in a minor way maybe ineligible to recover compensation because of the role played in the accident in certain states. However, in comparative negligence states, victims are allowed to recover compensation in circumstances even in which they were partly responsible.
A victim is eligible to seek compensation as long as he or she was not at fault for more than half of the accident. While the victim would not be eligible to recover as much money as they might have been if they were not determined to be partly at fault, they could still recover a percentage of the overall compensation that may assist them with putting their lives back together after a life-changing accident. If you have been significantly injured in a vehicle accident, you cannot afford to wait to talk to a personal injury attorney.
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