Being in a vehicle accident is frightening, and if you’re hurt in the collision, getting the necessary medical care for your injuries can be challenging. Accident claims are designed to help injured car accident victims get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses, but typically it is the person who is at fault that is sued for damages.
Can you still get compensation for your injuries if you were at least partly at fault for the incident?
What Is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence is a legal term that describes the assignment of liability to multiple people involved in an accident based on a degree of fault that is calculated. For example, not every accident is 100% caused by only one individual. In many cases, more than one party’s actions were at play and contributed to the accident. An attorney is able to evaluate an accident case and determine who contributed to the collision, and who may be legally liable for an accident.
For example, if you were involved in an accident where you turned in front of another car because you did not see them, you might be considered at fault for the incident. However, if the other car was speeding or had run a stop sign, they violated the law and may also be considered at fault for the accident. An attorney can help you determine what percentage of fault is yours. For example, you could be 25% at fault for the accident, or you and the other driver could each hold equal responsibility.
Decreasing Damages Owed & Getting Compensation for Your Own Damages
Arguing that the other party was also at fault for an accident can do two things. It can help decrease the amount of damages that you owe to the other party, and it can also help you get compensation for your own damages. For example, if the other party was not hurt but you were seriously injured, you would likely be able to obtain compensation from the other party’s insurance company even though you were partly at fault for the collision.
When to Contact an Indiana Car Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a car accident, even if you suspect that you may be at least partly at fault for the incident, don’t hesitate to speak with an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer as soon as possible. At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we will evaluate your case and determine whether comparative negligence exists and what percentage of the accident you may be held liable for.
Call today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail with our seasoned car accident attorneys at (219) 942-7171.