Comparative Negligence

Comparative negligence is holding the plaintiff partially to blame for an accident. Our Buffalo personal injury attorney Richard Nicotra explains what you should know in the following educational video.  Contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys in Buffalo NY if you were injured.

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Clients often ask what comparative negligence means. Essentially, comparative negligence looks at the percent of fault that is shared, both by the person that was injured and by the person who did the harm. If it’s a two car accident, for example, and there’s an intersection controlled by a four-way stop, even if you’ve stopped adequately at your stop sign and then you go forward, if you don’t look and notice another car is barreling down and is going to blow through their stop sign, then they may look to you to share some comparative fault, whether it be 1%, or 5%, or 10%, or even more depending on the facts of the accident. Comparative fault, as a principle, is trying to weigh the percent of fault among all the parties who are involved.

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