Understanding Comparative Negligence

Understanding Comparative Negligence

Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Oct 11, 2016

Arizona laws follow the doctrine of comparative negligence. Under these laws, an injured person is permitted to recover compensation if she or he is 99% at fault for the accident. Then, the plaintiff’s monetary damages are reduced by the amount in which she or he is at fault. However, the state laws block any kind of recovery by the plaintiff if she or he intentionally contributed to or caused the injury or fatality.

According to A.R.S. §12-2501, if two or more individuals are both responsible for a person’s injuries, there is a rule of contribution, which means that the responsibility for paying the plaintiff’s damages is shared amongst the responsible parties.

Arizona laws are far different from states that utilize contributory negligence laws, which state that an injured person cannot recover any damage if she or he contributed to the accident, even if the plaintiff’s fault was deemed less than 1%.

Arizona laws allow for the majority of injured parties to recover compensation following an accident. However, because many insurance companies will work diligently to minimize the claims of accident victims, it is important for an injured person to retain legal representation right away. A skilled attorney can examine your case and determine the amount of compensation you deserve.

Have You Sustained Injuries in an Accident? Call Salvador Phillips, PLLC.

If you have suffered harm in an accident, we encourage you to call our Phoenix car accident lawyers right away. We can examine your case and determine which legal strategies can help you pursue the monetary compensation you deserve in the shortest amount of time possible. When you entrust your case to our team, we will make you our first and most important priority.

To discuss your case, call a Phoenix car accident attorney right away. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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