If you have an auto accident in Myrtle Beach, you need to fully understand how fault is determined and how it affects your compensation. It may seem like a clear-cut case to you, but sometimes it can be argued that both drivers were negligent. If the car insurance company or the other person in the car accident say you were partly at fault, what does that do to your claim?
Assignment of Fault in Auto Accidents
Fault is usually determined by the law enforcement that arrives on the scene. They judge fault based on the circumstances of the accident according to both parties and any witnesses. If anyone is issued tickets for reckless driving, failure to yield, or speeding, that person is going to be deemed at least partially at fault for the accident.
Will You Be Compensated?
If the other party is found to be at fault but your own negligence contributed to the accident, a percentage of the fault will be placed on each party. As a plaintiff in the case, you will get compensation for the percentage of your damages and losses in accordance to the percentage of fault of the other driver.
What this essentially means is that if the other driver is found to be negligent, you will receive some type of compensation. But if you are found to also have been negligent, you may be facing some costs on your own.
If you have been in a car accident, you should contact our offices right away. Never admit to any wrongdoing in the accident, especially if you feel the other driver was at fault. To protect your compensation rights, you should not speak to any car insurance company or the other driver without first contacting our offices for a consultation.