What if I Suspect I Contributed to My Car Accident?
After any kind of car accident, your immediate concern is likely your own medical status as well as that of anyone riding with you. Your next concern if you are stable enough at the scene to assess the state of your property is likely wondering who is going to be responsible for your accident damages. In the aftermath of the accident, you may contemplate pursuing a personal injury claim in order to recover from the responsible party, especially if you know there was at least one other motorist involved. However, even if you initially think you may be entitled to some sort of settlement, you may second-guess yourself if you begin to suspect that you were a contributing factor in your own accident.
Understanding Florida’s Comparative Fault Statute
Florida operates under a legal concept called comparative fault which means that fault can be divided between the parties involved and a plaintiff’s recovery of damages will simply be reduced if it is determined that the plaintiff is partially at fault for an accident. Most importantly, this means that you may be able to recover damages even if you were partly to blame for the accident. The amount of damages may simply be reduced based on the level of fault of the other parties.
Do I Have Legal Options if I Was Involved in a Single Vehicle Accident?
Yes. You may still have legal options for compensation for your injuries even if you have been injured in an accident where your car was the only one involved. In addition to operating under a comparative fault doctrine, Florida is also a no-fault insurance state which means that you may be able to recover from your own insurance company.
An Important Reminder if You Suspect You Are Involved in an Accident
Regardless of the legal options you may have and whether or not you played a role in causing your accident, you should not assume that any insurance company you interact with will voluntarily offer what your claim is worth. It is important to remember who the insurance adjuster works for and the role that he or she is playing. The insurance company is interested in saving money by paying out as little as possible for your injuries. Obtaining the help of a personal injury lawyer can maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve as you would be assisted by a legal team that is putting your interests ahead of the interests of the insurance company.
Reach Out for Help Today
You should obtain legal assistance today if the negligent actions of another driver in a car accident have resulted in you being injured, even if you suspect that your own actions were also contributing factors. With the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm by your side, you will have the help of a legal team that has the experience to fully investigate your case and the dedication to work on your behalf in order to maximize the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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