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Comparative Negligence:
What Role Did You Play in Your Car Accident?

In a personal injury lawsuit, you may find a percentage of fault assigned to you. In other words, how much responsibility do you, the injured person, bear for the accident?

Massachusetts follows a comparative negligence rule. This means, in a personal injury lawsuit, the court will attribute a certain percentage of fault to you for your accident. If you’re found 51% or more at fault, you cannot recover damages.

Comparative negligence also affects the amount you may recover. For example:

Let’s say we win your case
and you’re awarded

in damages

But you’re also found to be 30 % at fault.
your damage award will be reduced

- 30%

Handling All Types of Auto Accidents
Since 1979

Our Springfield injury law firm has successfully handled insurance issues and personal injury claims on behalf of clients who were hurt in:
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Accidents caused by defective
    auto parts and equipment
  • Side-impact collisions (also known as
    T-bone collisions or broadsides)
  • Crashes caused by drunk drivers
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Multi-vehicle pileups

No matter the type of accident you’ve been in, know there is help available to you.

Contact a Springfield Car Accident
Lawyer for a Free Consultation

At the Law Offices of Robert H. Astor, we offer a free initial consultation to anyone injured in motor vehicle wrecks in western Massachusetts. We also do not charge any attorney’s fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you.

To schedule your consultation, call our personal injury law office at 413-781-1144 or contact us online.