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Your Question:
    I think I was partially at fault for my car accident.
 
Our Answer:

   In Connecticut, a driver, motorcyclist or pedestrian who is not more than 50% at fault in a car accident case can still recover money for the personal injury from the accident.  The amount recovered in the personal injury law suit is reduced by the percentage of fault.

    Consider these examples:

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Christopher is going over the speed limit on his motorcycle on Route 4 in Farmington when an oncoming car makes a left turn into his path.  At the trial, the judge will tell the jury they can divide the fault between the two drivers.  The jury decides Christopher is 20% at fault because he was speeding at the time of the car accident..  The jury also decides his case is worth $100,000.  The court deduct $20,000 (20% of $100,000) and will award Christopher $80,000 for his personal injury claim.

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Sarah and Jason each drive through a four-way stop sign in the West End of Hartford and collide.  A jury finds that they are each 50% at fault for this auto accident, that Sarah's personal injury case is worth $10,000 and that Jason's personal injury case is worth $8,000.  Sarah will get $5,000 and Jason will get $4,000.

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Jessica is talking on her cell phone on Route 8 in Waterbury and driving very close to a delivery truck in front of her.  The truck stops suddenly and Jessica crashes into it.  A jury decides that Jessica is 51% at fault for this car accident.  She will not get anything for her personal injury case, even though she may be badly injured, because she was more than 50% responsible for the car accident.

    If there is a question as to who caused an auto accident, it is extremely important to contact an experienced attorney immediately to preserve important evidence.   Witnesses move or forget, skid marks fade, debris from the car accident scatters or is moved.  All  of this things will make your personal injury case more difficult to win.

    An experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney will also be able to effectively negotiate with the insurance company and to properly present the car accident case to a jury.

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