Even though it may seem daunting, you don’t have to face the legal system alone if you’ve been in a vehicle accident. When we talk about car accidents, the idea of comparative negligence frequently takes center stage. We understand that it may be a matter of concern for you if you are partially responsible for a car accident. However, there is nothing to worry about since you will be eligible for compensation even if you were partly responsible. Are you stuck in a similar situation? Schedule a free case consult today with a lawyer.
Understanding Comparative Negligence:
Suppose you were driving at night when you got into an accident with another car. Upon investigation, it was found that the other driver was driving under the influence of alcohol while you got distracted for a while due to checking your phone. Now, in this case, we see that both parties were responsible for the accident to some extent. Let’s assume that you were 20 percent responsible for the accident. Based on the level of liability, you’ll be able to recover up to 80 percent of what you would have gotten if you were not responsible.
It’s important to note that these cases are often very tricky and take a lot of time and investigation to reach a conclusion regarding who was more responsible for the accident. The insurance company will try to shift the blame will all its might to avoid paying you anything. Do not get scared and hire a lawyer right away. The lawyer will not only gather evidence to demonstrate the liability of the other party but also negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you are rightfully compensated.
Under no circumstances give the insurance company any kind of written or recorded statement, they’ll try to use your statement against you during the trial to prove that you were at fault. Moreover, don’t get too excited with their first settlement offer, they are often lowball.
If you are thinking of representing yourself in court, we’d suggest reconsidering your options. Making even a slight mistake can cost you an entire compensation. A lawyer is used to the tactics of insurance companies and they will know exactly what to do to prove that the other party was more responsible for the accident. Don’t be scared to file a claim, there’s a good chance of you winning with a good lawyer.