When liability in an accident appears to be unclear, liability might be
split, possibly allowing an injured party to still receive compensation
if he or she was marginally at fault for the accident. There are many
ways in which liability can be split in such an agreement, whether a large
portion of liability falls upon one party or costs are shared 50/50. However,
you should always consult your personal injury attorney before you consider
accepting any kind of settlement offer, including a split liability agreement,
so it can be determined if the offer protects your best interests.
Is It More Complicated?
It might sound complicated to have to start dividing fault for an accident,
but this is something your attorney can hash out with the insurance company.
If an agreement cannot be reached on how liability should be divided,
your case will end up in court and it will then be up to a judge to decide
how much each party is responsible for.
What Impact Does This Agreement Have On My Claim?
A split liability agreement essentially means you will not be able to recover
100% of the compensation you might have otherwise been able to receive
if you were not found partially responsible for the accident. For example,
if a driver got involved in an accident because he or she was driving
too fast for weather conditions, it is likely that person would be held
partly accountable for its occurrence, leading to an appropriate reduction
in compensation. If the mistake was less egregious, the reduction might
only be marginal.
Car Accident Attorneys In Long Island
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident that was caused by
another party’s negligent actions, you will need a skilled personal
injury by your side to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. At
Gruenberg Kelly Della, our experienced Long Island legal team is here
to provide the representation you need to guide you throughout this process.
You should never have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Contact our firm today at (888) 305-6372 to schedule a free initial consultation
with a knowledgeable member of our team.