Legal responsibility for a personal injury accident is often unclear and sometimes unintuitive. We have helped more than a few clients who initially thought they might be responsible only to find out that another party is found to be either partially or fully responsible for the accident.
The legal term that most commonly gets used for partial responsibility is “comparable liability”. Comparable liability will often reduce the amount of recovery that someone is entitled to compared to a situation where the other party was found to be entirely at-fault. However, there are often many factors at play in these situations, including the level of insurance available by the involved parties and the level of comparable liability. Obviously, each situation is different
We recommend that you talk with a specialist who can review your case (it’s a free service) in order to give you a better sense of your legal options.