Can I still file a claim if I was partially responsible for the rear-end accident?
As with most personal injury cases, proving fault is a critical element when it comes to determining whether you can recover damages for a rear-end accident. Even if you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still be able to file a claim and receive compensation, but the amount of your damages could be reduced.
If you were partially at fault for the accident, the legal concept of “comparative negligence” may apply. This means that your damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. For example, if it is determined that you were 30% responsible for the accident, your damages award would be reduced by 30%.
It’s important to note that each state has its own laws regarding comparative negligence, so it’s best to consult with a personal injury attorney to understand your state’s specific laws.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind if you were partially responsible for a rear-end accident:
- Even if you think you may have been partially at fault for the accident, it’s important not to admit fault to the other driver or their insurance company. Admissions of fault could hurt your chances of recovering damages.
- Be sure to document as much evidence as possible to support your case, including photos of the accident scene, witness statements, and medical records.
- Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process and maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation for your damages.
If you believe you may be partially at fault for a rear-end accident, don’t give up hope. Contact The Ruth Law Team today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. Call us at (888) 783-8378.
You can also visit us by appointment at one of our Florida Law Offices, Minnesota Law Offices, or Georgia Law Offices.
Please note that the answers for each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.