What Happens If I Am Partially At Fault for My Car Accident?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | July 31, 2015
What Happens If I Am Partially At Fault for My Car Accident?

Auto accidents are often a complex matter. They can involve negligence or recklessness on the part of a driver. There are also accidents which are the result of driver error on the part of more than one driver. If you are involved in an auto accident in which you are partially at fault you may still be entitled to compensation.

What to Do After an Accident Where you May be Partially at Fault?

During a car accident you are only privy to a singular perspective, from behind your wheel. You do not have the advantage of having the same perspective as other drivers or bystanders. This means you may not be at fault even if you suspect that you suspect you are at least partially at fault. Bearing this in mind, it is important to not divulge any information to witnesses, emergency personal, or others involved in the accident about who you think is responsible for the collision.

Shared Fault Rules

Since every case cannot be an open and shut matter, states have adopted specific laws on how to handle collisions where more than one party is to blame.1 The state of Missouri follows a pure comparative fault rule. Under a theory of comparative negligence or fault, a personal injury plaintiff’s amount of damages or compensation is reduced according to the percentage of fault held by the plaintiff.2 This means that even if you are at fault you can always recover some amount of compensation from another driver who is also at-fault.3 The state of Illinois follows a similar shared fault rule known as modified comparative negligence. This form of shared fault allows you to recover from a driver who is more at fault then you, but the amount of compensation is reduced by the percentage equal to your liability in causing the collision. Therefore, determining percentage of liability is an important step towards seeking compensation for an auto accident where you were partially at fault.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

An experienced auto accident attorney will know how to work with insurance companies and other parties involved without suggesting you are at fault or liable for the accident. If you have been in a car accident where you believe you may be partially at fault it is important to discuss the circumstances of the accident with an attorney who will know how to maximize compensation even if you were partially at fault. Seeking the advice of an experienced auto accident attorney can help you to determine what claims should be filed and protect your rights and interests as a victim of a car accident. To contact an auto accident attorney for a free consultation please feel free to call the The Bruning Law Firm trial attorneys at 314-735-8100.


If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.

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  1. http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/legal-advice/auto-accident/fault-car-accidents/if-i-am-partly-fault-affect-car-accident-s
  2. http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/topics/missouri-car-accident-cases

A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

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