Making A Claim If You Are Partly At Fault for An Accident

Many accident victims do not make a claim because they think they were partly at fault and therefore won’t be able to recover any money. It’s important to remember that in almost every state, you can still recover money even if you are partly at fault for an accident. Your award will just be reduced by the percentage of your fault. For example, if you are 25% at fault for an accident and your damages are $10,000, your award will be reduced by 25%, or $2,500. You will still recover $7,500.

Even though most states let accident victims who are partly at fault recover money, rules vary between states about what level of fault will prevent you from making a claim. Some states won’t let you make a claim if you are more than half at fault, while other states let you make a claim and recover damages even if you are more than half at fault.

There is another reason why you should seek legal help even if you think you partly caused an accident — you may be wrong in your assessment. For example, many car accident victims think they caused the accident and therefore don’t make a claim, but the facts are the other driver was more at fault. Lawyers have investigators and experts who can analyze and reconstruct the accident to find the true cause. You should not make your own conclusion about fault until the accident is investigated.

After an accident, don’t give up a claim just because you think you were partly at fault for it. Call our law firm. We can help conduct an investigation to resolve the issue of fault, including whether one party caused the accident or the parties share responsibility. We can also advise you if you are entitled to receive damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident. This can turn what you thought was no recovery into a large financial award that pays for your injuries and losses.

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