Partially at Fault for the Car Accident

Recovering Damages if You are Partially at Fault for the Car Accident

Check out the following educational legal video by Tiffany M. Kopacz, an experienced Hamburg injury lawyer to learn about your rights if you are partially at fault for the car accident.

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I have a case where a both my client and the defendant were acting inappropriately, and my client sustained injuries. Part of the issue in that case was my client’s uncertainty about bringing a claim if he had caused or contributed to the accident that led to his injuries. In New York State, plaintiffs are still allowed to recover damages even if they have done something to cause or contribute to their own accident.

However, if you are the plaintiff in such a case and the defendant also caused or contributed to your accident, the jury or the fact finder would have to determine your and the defendant’s percentage of fault. Your recovery would be reduced by the percentage that is attributable to your own actions for causing your injuries.

Even if you are partially at fault for car accident injuries, it is not a valid reason to not talk to an attorney, much less to think that you have no claim. If another party also caused or contributed to your accident, you still may have a claim; you merely have to understand that your damages will be reduced according to your percentage of fault.

Were you injured but were partially at fault for the car accident? You can still recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Hamburg injury attorneys at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP for a free consultation. We treat your case and your injuries seriously and do everything in our power to bring you relief.

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