It’s quite common for there to be the fault of both parties for injuries arising from a car accident. Maybe you weren’t wearing a seatbelt when you got hit. Or maybe you were speeding. Or maybe there was some other event that you were responsible for that would have resulted in less severe damages to you.
If that’s the case, there is no need to worry you can still recover money for your car accident injuries even if you were partly at fault.
Pure Comparative Fault in Washington State
The short answer to this question is that Washington State is a pure comparative fault state. That means that no matter how at fault you are for your injuries if someone contributed to your car accident injuries, they are required to pay you for that.
If you want to learn more about pure comparative fault, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Seattle personal injury lawyers today.
An Example of How This Works
Let’s say you are driving down the streets of Seattle, minding your own business, when someone runs a stop sign and t-bones your car. The impact was substantial, your car is totaled, and you broke your arm in the crash. You also suffered a concussion.
But, you weren’t wearing your seatbelt at the time, and that would have likely prevented your concussion.
In this case, let’s say your total award is $100,000 but you were 25% at fault for your injuries because you didn’t wear your seatbelt. In that case the person that t-boned you would still be responsible for paying you $75,000 for your injuries.
Contact a Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, time is of the essence. The insurance companies have already mobilized to keep you from getting all the money you deserve.
Call us now at 206-973-0407to schedule your free consultation. You’ll be able to meet us, ask us any questions you have, and see in person that we are the professional car accident lawyers you need for your case.
Stryder J. Wegener is the managing partner and owner of Emerald City Law Group, a full-service law firm in Seattle. Give us your problems, we have you covered.View All Blogs