Across the country, thousands of people are injured in car collisions daily. However, just because the statistics are high doesn’t mean that getting into a crash should become commonplace. If you’ve been injured in a wreck due to another’s negligence, you need a trusted professional to handle your case.
Our Woodstock car accident lawyers know how to handle these cases. With 25+ years’ collective experience and hundreds of injury claims resolved, we are ready to advocate on your behalf. We are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the biggest insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other parties.
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Following a crash, the most important factor is determining liability. This will dictate who is responsible for the accident and potentially responsible for any damages or injuries that occurred. Liability isn’t always straightforward, however, as numerous parties can be partially at fault.
As you can see, there are numerous parties that may be held liable in an accident, which is why it is crucial to retain a skilled car accident attorney in Woodstock who can carefully investigate your crash.
While some car accidents are clearly the fault of one party, others are a little more complicated. If you were partially at fault for an accident caused primarily by another driver, you can still file a claim for compensation; however, your claim will likely be subjected to comparative negligence.
What does this mean? Say you were hit from behind by a drive because of a sudden traffic jam. You may be 20% at fault for failing to provide a large enough following distance—though you still managed to avoid hitting the car in front of you. In comparison, the other driver was even more negligent and could not stop in time to avoid hitting you, making them negligent for 80% of the accident. This percentage is used to calculate the amount of damages you can recover.
If you were 20% at fault, you will have 20% of the damages deducted from your total recovery. That means if you were eligible to recover $800,000, you could only receive $640,000 under comparative negligence laws.
Insurance companies will often try to shift the blame equally to both drivers, limiting the compensation provided in the accident—or blame it on you entirely. Even if you were partially at fault, it is important that you limit the percentage of fault and insurance company places on you. When the other driver is completely at fault, you could still be blamed for a percentage so that the insurance company can avoid a full payout. Don’t leave your rights unprotected!
Based in Woodstock, Hartman-Imbriale LLP represents car accidents victims in Canton and across Cherokee County. Reach out to our team at (678) 647-7220.