In Arizona, when you are hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. But what happens if you are partially at fault for the accident that caused your injuries? Arizona law dictates that the blame of all the parties involved with an accident must be taken into account. This doctrine is known as comparative negligence.
Comparative negligence is calculated by considering the conduct of each negligent party that contributed to the injuries, and apportioning degrees of fault on each party using percentages. To determine the amount each party must pay to the injured person, the court multiplies the total amount of damages recoverable by the injured person by the percentage of each defendant’s fault. Further, the injured person’s damages are reduced by the percentage that they have been deemed responsible for their own injuries. For example, if a injured person is found 20% negligent for their injuries, the damages they are awarded are reduced by 20%. The injured person would recover the remaining 80%.
If you are injured in Arizona due to someone else’s negligence, call Fleming & Monroe, PLC. The insurance company will offer you less than full compensation for your injuries by alleging you caused your injuries or your injuries were caused by a 3rd party. Protect yourself by calling us today – we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. #fmlawazlegaltips