What If I Caused Part Of The Accident?


Even if you are partially responsible for an accident, you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries. Very few jurisdictions prevent recovery for injuries sustained in an accident where you are partially at fault. The reasoning behind this rationale is that, to keep a hurt person from seeking compensation for the portions of their injuries that are not their fault, is the same as creating further harm.

The legal doctrine associated with this concept is called contributory negligence. The Washington statute in this regard provides for recovery to injured persons as follows:

  • In an amount proportionate to the damage caused
  • Regardless of using contributory negligence as a defense in the case
  • Total bar to recovery is prohibited

It is important to seek recovery for all accidents. If you have been found partially at fault, it is crucial you speak with an experienced attorney, so the correct proportion of liability is assigned. The amount of damages awarded will correspond to the amount of liability. Take charge of your case and seek compensation for your injuries.


Topics:  Car Accident, Contributory Negligence

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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