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What Happens When Both Parties are at Fault for the Car Accident?


If you were in an accident that you contributed to, you may be wondering if you can pursue compensation for your damages. Before you take the next steps in pursing compensation, you should learn about California’s comparative negligence law.

If you have been involved in an accident and you think you might be at fault for some of the accident, reach out to the experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Fair Cases Law Group. Our lawyers can discuss how we can help and explain your legal options to you in a free no-obligation consultation.


Negligence is the failure of someone to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances. Negligence may be based on the legal responsibility of one person to another, such as every motorist driving in a safe manner and following the rules of the road. The legal principle of negligence is used to determine whether someone is legally responsible for the damages a victim sustains in a personal injury accident. If an insurance adjuster, judge or jury determines that one party was negligent, that party can be required to pay damages to the victim, such as:

If you have been in an accident contact Fair Cases Law Group for a free consultation. A free consultation means you can get a better idea of what your claim might be worth without any cost to you.

To learn more about how we can help as your attorney, please call us at (833) 324-7111 and request a free consultation.


Many personal injury cases involve the negligence of more than one party. For example, a car accident may involve one driver who was speeding and another who ran a red light or was distracted. California’s comparative negligence law accounts for these types of situations.

Under California’s comparative negligence law, the parties share responsibility if they contributed to the accident. In other words, if you are partially responsible for the accident, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault. 

For example, if you suffer $100,000 in damages in a car accident, but the jury finds that you were 50 percent at fault for the accident (because you were speeding and the other driver ran a red light), your damages will be reduced to $50,000 ($100,000 – 50% = $50,000 for you). 

Don’t Make the Mistake That Could Cost You Thousands

Make sure you understand what is at stake before accepting the insurance company’s offer or sign away your rights in a settlement. The insurance company is a business, and they may not have your best interests at heart. With that said, you may end up making all kinds of mistakes on your own, for example:
  • Accidently admit fault for the accident
  • Assume your injuries are too minor to justify a claim
  • Forget you deserve compensation for lost pay and lost earning power
  • Neglect to include your future medical costs in your demand for compensation
  • Accept an inadequate settlement offer because you don’t realize what you deserve or you are too tired of fighting on your own

When you hire Fair Cases Law Group as your attorney, you can rest assured we can help you maximize your compensation. We will also help you see the right doctors, repair or replace your vehicle, gather documentation for your injuries and losses, and arrive at a full and fair figure for compensation.


If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important that you understand your rights. At Fair Cases Law Group we can determine whether you have a viable claim even if you contributed to the accident. We can explain how the law affects you and the potential value of your claim.

We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We charge no upfront fees and work on a contingency fee case. This means that you will not be charged if we do not obtain compensation on your behalf. Call (833) 324-7111 for more information. 

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