Comparative fault or he started it!
In Arizona there is contribution among joint tortfeasors. For those who do not understand the term, you are not alone. But simply put, if you are in a motor vehicle collision, the defendant (insurance company) will claim you did something to cause the collision. No way you say………….
They will argue you were going too fast, forgot to signal, failed to give enough distance, and other issues claiming it is partly your fault. What does that do?
If you are awarded $100,000.00 but the jury finds you contributed to the collision, it will be reduced. Say the jury find 25% comparative fault, you do not get $100,000.00 but only $75,000.00 even though your injuries justify the $100,000.00.
We have seen the argument made in accident cases even when a client was sitting still at a traffic light or stopped in traffic. We have seen the argument raised in an accident case when a person failed to yield at a stop sign. We have even seen the argument raised when a client was parked.
You need to understand motor vehicle defense firms throw everything at you to get you to take less than the full value of your case.
We at West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman offer big firm representation with small firm caring to get you the best recovery for your injuries.