Can more than one driver be responsible for an accident?
If there is a car accident, is one driver or the other driver at fault, or can both drivers be at fault?
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Answered on Jul 06, 2021
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“Many car accidents happen where both drivers have some negligence in the accident.
The comparative negligence laws in the state that the accident occurs will determine which party is entitled to recover damages from the other.
In some states, you can recover damages from the other party even if you are 90% at fault for the accident (although in this example, you could only recover 10% of your damages).
In other states, you cannot recover damages from the other party even if you contributed only 1% negligence in the accident.
Most states fall between these extremes with modified comparative negligence laws.”
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