Can I get compensation if I am partially at fault for the accident?

Yes.  California is known as a “pure comparative negligence” state. This means that even if you are partially to blame for a wreck, you will still be able to recover for your losses.  However, the amount that you recover will be reduced by the percentage that you are at fault.

For example, if a jury decides that you were 40% at fault for an accident and suffered $100,000 in damages, then your recovery would be reduced by 40%, or $40,000.  This means that your total award would be $60,000 ($100,000 – $40,000).

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