FAQ: If I’m Partially at Fault for a Trucking Accident, Can I Still Recover Compensation in Joplin, Missouri?
Numerous trucking accidents occur each year in and around Joplin, Missouri, and often fault might not be clear or there might be shared fault in the accident. That’s why the Mann, Wyatt & Rice Midwest Personal Injury Firm is commonly asked, “If I’m partially at fault for a trucking accident in Joplin, can I still recover compensation?”
According to founding attorney and partner, Scott Mann, “You can, but laws vary between states. Missouri is a much better environment for comparative fault cases. It has pure comparative fault.”
Pure comparative fault means that if an injured person is partially at fault for causing their own injuries, their damages are reduced by the percentage of their fault.
Example: Gary was checking his cell phone when he rear-ended a semi-truck. Gary broke several bones and it was determined that he was 80 percent at fault for the accident, although the truck driver was found 20 percent at fault due to a malfunctioning brake light. Damages for Gary’s injuries amounted to $20,000. Gary is entitled to recover $4,000 for his injuries— that is, $20,000 less 80 percent ($16,000) for his percentage of fault.
Contact Mann, Wyatt & Rice Trucking Accident Attorneys in Joplin
Have you been injured in a trucking accident in or around the Joplin area? Whether the accident was partially your fault or not, it’s important to contact a trucking accident attorney who can look at all the facts and discuss the best plan of action.
The Mann, Wyatt & Rice Midwest Personal Injury Firm works on contingency, so there are no fees unless/until a settlement or verdict is reached, which means you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! We can help you investigate your trucking accident to compile evidence, negotiate on your behalf with the other driver’s insurance company and, if needed, file/pursue a lawsuit.
Request a free consultation with our team of Joplin trucking accident attorneys or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400. We look forward to speaking with you!