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How comparative fault plays into your car accident claim

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Most people who have been injured in a car accident struggle to find a way to cope with their pain and suffering as well as the economic losses thrust upon them. They oftentimes find that the best way to get by in the aftermath of their accident is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This means focusing on how another driver’s actions caused the wreck in question and demonstrating the extent of the damages suffered.

However, there’s another major aspect of a personal injury case that you can’t overlook, as it can have a profound impact on the outcome of your case: comparative fault.

Why comparative fault matters

Under Florida law, the judge or jury is tasked with allocating fault to the parties involved in an accident. If the plaintiff wins his or her case, then his or her recovery is reduced by the amount of fault assigned to him or her. Therefore, a $100,000 award can be reduced to $60,000 if the plaintiff is found to be 40% at fault for the car accident.

In other words, comparative fault can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional, and financial recovery. If you’re unable to successfully defend yourself against claims of comparative fault, then you could be left without the full resources needed to obtain the fullest recovery possible. For that reason, when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you have to be prepared to defend your own driving actions.

Have a strong legal advocate by your side

We know that dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be tough and dealing with the legal complexities of your case can be stressful. But you don’t have to go through this alone. Strong legal advocates like those at our firm stand ready to help you fight for what you deserve.