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How does Connecticut’s negligence law affect compensation?

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | Car Accidents

A sudden car accident can turn an ordinary day into a cataclysmic event. You’re cruising down the road one moment, and the next, you’re dealing with a collision. While no one can predict when these unforeseen circumstances might occur, Connecticut’s negligence law can offer victims some form of relief.

Connecticut is a modified comparative negligence state

In Connecticut, the law uses the modified comparative negligence concept. Under this principle, the fault is not always entirely on a single driver. It takes into account each party and their responsibility in an accident.

So, if you’re involved in a car accident and an investigation declares that you are 50% or less at fault, you can still get compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, or property damage. But there’s a catch—the amount of compensation you receive decreases if you’re partly to blame.

The more at fault you are, the less money you might get. For example, if you’re set to receive a compensation of $10,000 and are found to be 20% at fault, you might get 20% less compensation, which would be $8,000.

When you should seek legal help

Evidently, securing compensation after a car accident can be more challenging than you think. Investigations into accidents are unpredictable, and law enforcement may hold you liable even when you’re not.

If they agree with you and assign fault to the other driver, the difficulties don’t end there. Disputes from the other driver or their insurance company can quickly turn a seemingly clear-cut situation into a complex issue.

This is where seeking the help of a legal professional can be beneficial. They can help you understand your position in terms of liability and how to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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