At Angell Law Firm, we understand that navigating the complexities of personal injury claims can be confusing, especially when you believe you may be at fault in an auto accident. Many individuals mistakenly assume that they have no right to pursue a personal injury claim if they were responsible for the accident. This article aims to clarify this misconception and provide essential information on the subject.
Understanding Fault in Auto Accidents
In most auto accidents, there is a prevailing notion that the at-fault party cannot pursue a personal injury claim. However, this is not entirely accurate. The key distinction lies in whether you are solely responsible for the accident or share the blame with another party. If both you and the other driver contributed to the accident, you may still have options to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, and damages.
Identifying Fault in Auto Accidents
Determining fault in an auto accident isn’t always straightforward. While some accidents establish fault, others may require thorough investigation or legal intervention. In complex cases where both drivers played a role, disputes over liability can lead to legal proceedings to determine responsibility.
Types of Fault in Auto Accidents
- Fault Accident: This occurs when you are primarily responsible for the accident. In such cases, pursuing a personal injury claim may be challenging, but there are exceptions depending on your insurance policy.
- Partly At-Fault Accident (50/50 Accident): These situations are more nuanced, with shared liability between multiple parties. Each party shares a portion of the blame, often determined after a comprehensive investigation. Personal injury claims can still be made by all parties involved.
- Passengers’ Rights: Even if you are found solely at fault for the accident, passengers in your vehicle may still have the right to file personal injury claims.
The extent of compensation you can receive may depend on your insurance policy. Comprehensive insurance policies may cover damages to both your vehicle and the other party’s vehicle and medical expenses for injured parties. However, holders of less comprehensive policies might have limited coverage for vehicle damages.
Starting a Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident and are uncertain about fault, it’s advisable to consult our experienced car accident attorneys at Angell Law Firm. We offer a free initial consultation to help you understand your rights and options.
In cases where both parties share fault, the compensation awarded is typically divided based on the degree of liability. Damages can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, physical impairment, and financial losses.
Being at fault in an auto accident does not necessarily mean you cannot pursue a personal injury claim. The specifics of your case, insurance policy, and shared liability will influence your ability to seek compensation. At Angell Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of personal injury claims, ensuring you receive the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your unique situation and explore your options for seeking the compensation you deserve.
Bryce is considered a highly esteemed trial lawyer and a passionate client advocate amongst his peers in the Atlanta legal community. Never afraid to go the extra mile for his clients, Bryce Angell works tirelessly to ensure that each client’s personal injury case gets the attention that it deserves.