What if the Accident May Have Been Partially My Fault?

You may still have a case.  If there is evidence that you share some blame for the car crash, and your case goes to trial, the jury will be asked to decide what percent of the fault is yours and what percentage of the fault is the other party’s.  Of course, the percentages must total 100%.  If the jury decides that you were not at fault at all, then you can recover the full 100% of the damages that the jury awards.  If you are found to be partially at fault, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault.  This is known as Comparative Fault.

What if the accident is partially my fault?

Most cases never go to trial because the parties reach a settlement.  Lawyers, corporations and insurance companies involved in motor vehicle accidents are experienced at trying to predict what a jury will or will not do based upon the law and the facts of a particular accident.  Most of time, parties to a car accident case can agree on amounts for a money settlement without going to trial.  If there is evidence that you were partly at fault for causing your car wreck, the ultimate value of your settlement will likely be reduced.  The amount of the reduction will depend on the evidence of how much fault you had in causing the accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident, learn about your legal rights from an experienced Louisiana car accident lawyer by calling 504-581-4892 or by filling out our free, no obligation case review form.