When a car accident occurs due to negligence, it is not always immediately clear who is at fault. Fault can be attributed to one driver or numerous drivers. Fault can even be shared by car accident victims.
If you were recently injured in a car accident and may have been partially at fault for the crash, can you still pursue compensation in a personal injury lawsuit? Thankfully, the answer is yes. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Connecticut’s negligence liability laws.
Connecticut recognizes a legal doctrine known as modified comparative negligence. This basically means that as a car accident victim, you can recover compensation from the at-fault driver even if you were also partially at fault. However, in order to seek compensation, you must be found less than 51 percent at fault.
The same rule applies if there are multiple defendants named in the lawsuit. You can recover damages if the amount of negligence/fault assigned to you is less than the combined negligence assigned to all of the defendants.
How Comparative Negligence Impacts Financial Recovery
It is important to note that your level of assigned fault/negligence will impact how much compensation you are entitled to if you win your case. In fact, your total award will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
For instance, let’s say that you sue another driver for $100,000. You win your case, but the jury determines that you were 15 percent negligent in the crash. Because of this, your jury award is reduced to 85 percent of the total, or $85,000.
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If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident and are not sure if you have an actionable case, contact our office to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. We will gladly listen to the details of your accident and help you understand all of your legal options.