The accident may have been partially my fault. Do I still have a case?
It depends. Rhode Island is a “pure comparative negligence” state. This means that even though an accident may be partially your fault, you can still recover damages from another at-fault party. However, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Massachusetts is a “modified” comparative fault state. This can have a significant effect on your compensable damages if you are found to be partially at fault for a car wreck. Under “modified” comparative fault rules, you can only recover damages in a car crash if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Like Rhode Island, the amount of damages you receive will be reduced by an amount equal to the percentage of fault you share in causing the crash.
Before you dismiss the possibility of recovering damages for your injuries, contact our car accident law firm to discuss the specific facts of your case.