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Can I be found partially to blame for my car accident?

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

Although a car accident can leave you with significant injuries that impact everything from your ability to work, carry out your daily activities, pay your bills, and feel confident about the future, a personal injury lawsuit might provide you with some relief.

Of course, before you can recover compensation for your damages, you’ll have to prove that the defendant caused your accident and thus your injuries. That might sound simple enough, but proving these aspects and recovering what you deserve might be more difficult than you think.

Beware of comparative fault

Our state’s laws recognize comparative negligence. This means that the amount of money that you recover from your car accident case can be reduced if you’re found to be partially to blame for the wreck. In short, the amount awarded to you will be reduced by whatever percentage of fault the judge or jury assigns to you.

Can you reduce the impact of comparative fault in your case?

Yes. There are ways to protect yourself against a comparative fault argument. It starts early on in your case by analyzing your driving actions so that you know where you’re vulnerable to attack and how you can minimize the impact of any problematic facts. You can also consider utilizing an expert to testify as to the exact cause of the accident, which may shield you from any allegations that you contributed to the crash.

Don’t let your car accident case get derailed by defense arguments

Even the most straightforward car accident cases require thorough preparation. If you skimp on the development of your claim, then you could be putting yourself at risk of a reduced recovery or even a denied recovery. That’s why now is the time to start building the car accident personal injury case that will aggressively seek to recover what you’re owed.