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Can you recover compensation if you contributed to a car crash?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | Car Accidents

Your contribution to a car crash in Connecticut does not necessarily disqualify you from recovering compensation for the harm and loss you suffered. The state follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to seek compensation.

Understanding the legal landscape surrounding shared liability in car accidents can help you navigate the claims process and make informed decisions along the way. Here is what you need to know about Connecticut’s comparative negligence laws.

Your degree of fault plays a pivotal role

Each party is normally assigned a percentage amount of fault based on their level of contribution to the accident. Your degree of fault is what determines whether you are legally entitled to compensation from the other parties involved. 

In Connecticut, you can only recover compensation from the other party if your level of fault does not exceed the other party’s. Otherwise, you are not legally entitled to compensation through a car accident claim.

Your contribution to the crash will also diminish or reduce your potential settlement. For instance, if your degree of fault is determined to be 40%, you can only recover 60% of your damage.

Protect your interests after a car crash in Connecticut

Recovering compensation after contributing to a car crash can be a complex process. Assessing fault is not always a straightforward process, particularly when the situation is not entirely clear-cut. The specific details of your case, including the circumstances of the accident and the available evidence, can significantly affect the degree of fault assigned to you. 

As such, it helps to seek informed legal guidance to understand your rights and options in pursuit of compensation for your damages.




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