If you know that you were distracted or otherwise behaving in a questionable way when you suffered injuries in a crash, you may think that seeking legal guidance would be a pointless waste of time. After all, if what happened to you was partially your fault, there is nothing to be done, right?
In reality, most accidents are caused by more than one influencing factor. As such, plenty of injury victims successfully pursue compensation against others who were involved in their injurious circumstances even if they were also to blame. If you were injured in Arizona and are thinking about pursuing legal action here, you’re in a particularly strong position to assert your case in ways that could lead to a favorable outcome.
Arizona’s pure comparative negligence standard
Arizona is known as a pure comparative negligence state. This means that state law permits injury victims of car crashes – and other circumstances related to negligence, recklessness and intentionally dangerous harm – to seek damages from others whose conduct directly contributed to the cause(s) of their injuries.
Unlike many other states, Arizona doesn’t limit this right if a victim is more than 50% to blame for what happened to them. Theoretically, an injury victim could seek 1% of the value of their case from another party even if they were 99% at fault for their situation.
By understanding that you are empowered to seek compensation from others involved in your crash even though you may have been partially to blame, you may be inspired to seek legal guidance. In doing so, you may learn that you are entitled to considerable compensation at this time.