May 20th, 2021|
When it comes to getting damages after a crash, states in the U.S. are mostly divided into two camps: those that allow drivers who are partially at fault to pursue compensation, and those that forbid it. Thankfully, Wisconsin is among the states that allows partially at-fault drivers to get money for their medical bills and lost wages.
Wisconsin uses the modified comparative negligence rule. In legal teams, it means that drivers who are less than 51% at fault for crashes can file compensation claims and even lawsuits to recover damages. However, their percentage of fault is subtracted from their claims or settlements. That means that a driver who is 25% at fault for a crash will have 25% of their check “docked” before they receive the money.
The modified comparative negligence rule is important to know and understand, as many drivers believe they’re ineligible to get compensation if they violated a traffic law or partially contributed to a crash. But it wouldn’t be fair for a driver who is ruled to be only slightly at fault for a crash to be denied the chance at getting any compensation, especially since fault is often subjective.
If you were recently hurt in a crash and were ruled to be partially at fault, the Appleton car accident lawyers at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to ensure that you’re paid the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.