A lot of people are sometimes reluctant to bring in a claim because they believe that an accident is partially their own fault. However, New York law has no restriction on that. You are allowed to bring a claim, or sue, if an accident is partially your fault for the damages you received in that accident. Other parties can also be at fault, and the percentages of the fault will be assessed as to each party. For example, if you’re driving a bit fast, but another driver at an intersection runs a red light or runs right past a stop sign and hits you, they’re mostly at fault.
An example of a good case would be, where a jury or a judge may decide to reduce your damages by a small percentage because you’re partially at fault. However, you still have a recovery, it will just be reduced by the percentage of which you are at fault. This principle even applies when you’re half at fault. If you have a very serious injury, do not hesitate to contact an attorney because there may be a valid claim and compensation that you can obtain in that situation.
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