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Understanding Shared Fault Laws in Arizona

  • Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the country; it’s home to almost two million people. That’s a lot of people living together, and accidents will happen. Although Phoenix and Arizona work hard to provide laws that protect the public’s safety, you can still be injured by careless people who don’t take others’ safety seriously.

    If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may have some questions regarding eligibility for filing an injury claim or lawsuit in Arizona. One of those questions you may be asking yourself is whether you can file a case when you may have shared some of the blame for the accident.

    You can file a claim against another person, even if you shared some fault for causing the accident, as long as the other party’s fault was greater than yours.

    How Does Shared Fault Work?

    Shared fault, or comparative negligence, is when two or more people are involved in an accident and each person has some percentage of blame for causing the accident.

    Let’s say you are injured after falling on a spill at a gas station in Phoenix. The store may be liable for 90 percent of your accident because they didn’t clean up the spill. But you could be assigned 10 percent of the blame for your accident because you were looking at your phone while walking and didn’t notice the spill. Now let’s say a court awards you $100,000 in damages. You would only receive $90,000 in damages because of the 10 percent blame you were assigned.

    Get in Contact with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Arizona

    Need help filing a claim for an accident in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona? You don’t have to understand everything about personal injury laws to file a claim. Your personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova will know the laws and will fight to bring you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call 602-265-6700 to receive a free case assessment, or visit our website for more information.