One of the most common questions that we at Accident Advice Helpline encounter is, what happens if more than one person is at fault in an accident and how does it affect your claim for compensation?
Part of the service with Accident Advice Helpline is ensuring that the claim process is as straightforward and transparent as possible. That’s why we publish these handy blog articles, to help clarify certain aspects surrounding the claim process.
Road traffic accident
In order to illustrate what we mean, we’ll be using the example of a road traffic accident. If an accident were to occur as the result of two other vehicles and your vehicle also became involved, then who is to blame? And who should you seek a claim for compensation from?
In such circumstances, a court will normally apportion blame to who was at fault in the crash and this will then be expressed as a percentage. For example if this were to be split 60/40, one party would be liable for 60% of any damages sought, whereas the other party who was found to be less at fault will be liable for 40% of damages sought.
What happens if one party fails to pay?
As part of the common law system, you can pursue your claim for compensation in full from either party that was at fault. It is then a matter for this party to recover their costs from the other party. This is to ensure that someone who has suffered a wrong is not unfairly disadvantaged by the financial circumstances of a particular defendant in a claim for compensation.
Have you been injured and it wasn’t your fault?
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All of our claims are made on 100 per cent no-win no-fee*, so you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice