In many accidents, it is clear which driver is at fault. For example, if a driver is rear-ended due to another driver’s failure to stop on time, they are responsible.
However, what about the instances when it may not be clear who is fully responsible? There are some accidents that happen where both people have caused the occurrence.
Before taking full responsibility for a collision, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer who can determine if the other party is in some way liable for the accident too. An attorney at Henderson & Futchko, P.A. will discuss what happened with you so that they can examine the situation to determine accountability.
Shared Fault In A Car Accident
There are many factors that contribute to determining fault in a car accident. The insurance company will make a decision on a claim based on what is presented about the case. Often, a percentage of fault is assigned to the drivers involved that dictates how insurance coverage will be determined.
Comparative fault occurs when the facts of the case show that each person played a role in the accident. For example, if the breakdown of fault is 80% to one driver and 20% to the other, their respective insurance companies will cover that amount of the damage.
Shared fault or liability is used when the drivers are each responsible for the collision. However, if one is found to be 51% or more responsible, they are usually assigned 100% of the fault.
We Can Help
Before discussing any details of the accident with the insurance company, it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer first. A lawyer will be able to prove to the insurance company that the other driver should be held liable for part of the damage as well.
Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.
Call our team at Henderson & Futchko, Attorneys at Law today at (321) 320-7162 for a free initial consultation.