Can I Pursue Compensation for Injuries When My Negligence Partially Caused an Auto Accident in NY?

During the moments immediately following an auto accident, you may know another driver crossed into your lane of traffic or took other negligent actions that caused the crash. But you most likely do not have a clear understanding of whether your own actions contributed in some minor way. This is why auto insurance companies and New York auto accident lawyers strongly recommend that you avoid admitting any degree of fault at the accident scene.

Many injury victims can benefit by seeking legal advice before filing insurance claims or taking other legal action after New York car accidents. Often, individuals attempt to take partial responsibility. But glancing at an animal crossing the road ahead or even changing the radio station does not constitute liability when an oncoming vehicle crosses into your lane and hits your vehicle head-on. After discussing the details of your accident during a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, you may learn that your own actions have no legal bearing on the merits of your case.

If your own negligence contributes to an accident that causes you to sustain injuries and other damages, the contributory negligence laws of New York still permit you to take legal action against other negligent parties involved in the accident. But the law diminishes the value of the damages you can pursue based on your degree of contributory negligence. Of course, determining and proving the degree of negligence typically requires an attorney with extensive legal knowledge and investigative resources. Your lawyer can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of taking legal action beyond a claim against your own no-fault auto insurance policy.

Even a relatively minor fender-bender can have complex underlying causes. And the fast pace of serious accidents can make determination of liability challenging at the accident scene. If you suffer injury in an auto accident, it costs nothing to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney at Rich & Rich, P.C. We have a proven track record, and personal service is a hallmark of our commitment to our clients. Call us at 646-736-3999 to learn how we can help.

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