What Happens if I’m Partially Responsible for a Car Accident in NY?

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What Happens if I’m Partially Responsible for a Car Accident in NY?

Car accidents are always very scary experiences, and unfortunately, at times, since they often happen in the blink of an eye, it can be difficult to discern exactly who is responsible for any injuries or damage caused by one. That said, oftentimes, when someone is injured in an accident, it will be determined that though one driver is primarily responsible, the other driver at least played a role in causing the accident. That said, if this is the case for you, meaning the other driver was mostly responsible, but you did something that may attribute some liability to you, you may wonder if you can still recover compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our Manhattan car accident attorney to learn about whether you can sue even if you were partially responsible for a car accident in NY. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I still recover compensation if I’m partially responsible for a car accident in NY?

New York State observes what’s known as pure comparative negligence when it comes to auto accident claims. Simply put, this means that if it’s determined you were, say, 20% responsible for an auto accident but the other driver is 80% responsible for the accident, you should receive 80% of the full compensation which you would have received had the other driver been 100% responsible. That said, it’s always best to hire a knowledgeable and dedicated personal injury attorney who can ensure facts are accurately presented and that your story is heard when it comes to seeking full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

What do I need to prove to win compensation in a personal injury claim?

To prove that the other driver was at least mostly at fault for your accident, our legal team will have to gather and present a variety of evidence, such as pictures of the accident, witness testimony, pictures of any injuries you sustained, and supporting medical documentation. In some cases, our firm can also work to subpoena surveillance footage of the accident as it happened, which is one of the most effective ways of proving personal injury claims.

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