Sometimes, when a road traffic accident occurs, it can be difficult to establish exactly who caused it.
On some occasions, it might be the case that while the main culprit is relatively easy to identify, the conduct of other people involved might have either contributed to their own or other people’s injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident you did not cause, it might be the case that your conduct may have has some impact on the severity of your injuries. If this is the case, you may still be able to take personal injury action, but you might find that any compensation you were awarded could be reduced in line with your culpability.
If you would like to find out more about how these sorts of circumstances might impact any potential claim that you may have, you would be very well advised indeed to seek out the appropriate advice after a car accident in Suffolk.
Contributory negligence and advice after a car accident in Suffolk
Contributory negligence is a legal term that describes the circumstances laid out above. From a personal injury perspective, the term refers to scenarios in which an injured party’s behaviour contributed to how badly they were hurt, even if the accident that caused their injury was caused by the negligence of another person or organisation.
A good example of this would be a situation in which somebody who was injured in a road traffic accident that was not their fault suffered more serious injuries that might otherwise have sustained as a consequence of not wearing a seatbelt. Under this circumstances, any compensation that might be awarded to the person in question might be less than it would have been if they had been wearing seatbelt at the time of the incident, as they would have been required to by law.
Talk to an expert at Accident Advice Helpline
Regardless of whether or not your injuries were made worse as a result of your conduct at the time you were involved in an accident that was essentially not your fault, it might still be worth your while exploring whether or not you may be able to take personal injury action.
The personal injury expert you speak with will be able to help you determine to what degree your conduct might have impacted the injuries you suffered. To find out where you stand, call Accident Advice Helpline for free on either 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. A member of our team will be ready to take your phone call.
Date Published: 1st October 2015
Author: David Brown