Can I Sue for a Car Accident If I’m Partly to Blame? | Colorado Springs Injury Lawyers
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If you have been injured in a car accident, and the police determined it was partially your fault, you may still be able to seek compensation. Colorado has specific laws that address liability in car accidents that may affect the potential value of your case.
Colorado Liability Law
Colorado is an at-fault state, meaning that the person who is at least 51% at fault in a car accident is responsible for compensating the others involved in the accident. These costs may include both property damage and personal injury treatment and recovery.
What If I’m Also Liable?
Determining liability may be complex, especially when each party involved in a car accident shares some of the blame. Colorado law follows a system called modified comparative fault, which requires juries to agree not only on how much cases are worth but also how much the plaintiff’s share of liability will offset the amount owed by the defendant.
In other words, depending on how liable you are relative to the opposing party, your compensation may be reduced from the maximum value of your case. If you are seeking a settlement and not yet in a trial, the shared liability may be factored into a demand letter.
Can I Sue If I’m Partially at Fault?
If you were hurt in a car accident in which you share some of the blame, you may still be able to seek compensation for your injuries. In order to give yourself the best chance of evaluating what your case is worth, it is highly advisable to consult a personal injury lawyer.
The first thing an injury attorney will do is conduct an investigation. In order to gauge how liable you are, you may collect police reports of the car wreck, witness testimonies, and depositions involving the opposing party.
After conducting an investigation of the accident itself, it is highly advisable that you calculate both economic and non-economic damages of your case. While there may be limits on how much non-economic damage you can claim, you may find it beneficial to properly prepare a detailed summary of the dollar costs of medical treatment and lost wages and to estimate how the injury has affected your life in intangible ways, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or difficulty sleeping after the accident.
Get Help from Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyers
The personal injury attorneys of Zinda Law Group will help you determine if you can sue for a car accident if you share some of the blame. If you were hit by a reckless or impaired driver, and believe you may have shared some of the blame, you may be eligible for compensation.
Due to Colorado state law, you may be able to recover for your damages even if you were somewhat at fault. You may need to collect key pieces of evidence in order to gauge your level of liability, as well as the overall value of your case. We can help you determine your share of fault, the value of your case, and your chances of success in a trial. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win.
Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our Colorado Springs traffic accident lawyers.
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