Comparative Negligence rules could affect the amount you owe

Every year in Kentucky, more people are injured in road accidents, often as the result of negligence or recklessness on the part of someone else sharing the road with them. It happens all too often, yet some people still choose to disregard the rules of the road while driving.

If you have been the victim of such an accident, you might be entitled to compensation, particularly if the other driver is found to have been at fault. As this article on road accidents mentions, some states use a rule known as comparative negligence. This means that the amount of damages paid by each party involved in an incident is relative to their perceived contribution to the accident itself.

For example, if two drivers were found to be equally at fault, but one has sued the other for damages, they would only receive 50 percent of the award they would have had due to carrying 50 percent of the blame. However, these matters are handled differently from one state to the next, so it is vital to know the rules of your home state so you know what to expect and can ensure that you receive a fair resolution to your claim.

If you have been injured in an accident on the roads, you may be keen to seek justice. However, it is often difficult to focus on legal matters when you are still shaken from your experience and preoccupied with your recovery. Fortunately, you do not need to handle these matters alone as an attorney may be able to support you. He or she can examine the details of your case and may be able to help you with filing your claim and pursuing the justice and compensation that you deserve.

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