Hey everyone. Today we’re going to talk about whether or not you can recover damages if you’re partially at fault for a car accident in California. My name is Adam Hepburn. I’m a car accident attorney and one of the partners here at HHJ Trial Attorneys. This is a really good question that I get from a lot of different clients.
Now in California, we are what’s called a comparative fault state meaning just because you’re partially at fault for an accident doesn’t mean you’re prevented from recovering damages. The best way to look at this is to use an example.
Let’s say that your damages are worth $100,000 but you are 30% at fault for the accident. In some states you can’t recover anything but in California what would happen is your $100,000 of damages would simply be reduced by 30% and you would get $70,000 instead of the $100,000.
So, it’s a great thing that you can still be partially at fault for an accident but recover from some of the serious damages that you sustained. Again, this differs from state to state so it’s important to look at your specific laws in the jurisdiction that you’re currently in.
If you have any other questions, be sure to contact us today.