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Addressing contributory negligence in your car crash case

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2023 | Car Accidents

Although a car accident can leave you facing significant physical, emotional, and financial losses, you might be able to alleviate them by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.

Before diving head-first into the legal arena, you need to be fully prepared. Only by doing that can you ensure that you position yourself as strongly as possible to recover the compensation that you deserve.

This is especially true when it comes to addressing contributory negligence.

Virginia’s contributory negligence law

Under Virginia law, you can be denied a compensatory recovery if you’re even slightly to blame for the wreck. As a result, this is oftentimes where the defense turns first to try to make their arguments.

So, as you prepare your legal claim, you’ll want to do each of the following to ready yourself to counter the defense’s contributory negligence arguments:

  • Analyze your driving actions leading up to the accident to determine if any of them are questionable and thus susceptible to attack.
  • Gather evidence that will contradict the defense’s arguments, whether that be witness accounts, expert testimony, or police reports.
  • Be ready to attack witness credibility, as the defendant may be less than truthful on the stand to paint you in a bad light.

There are other steps that you can take to protect your interests in a personal injury case, which is why it’s important that you carefully analyze the facts of your case and figure out how to make the best arguments.

Don’t leave your car accident personal injury case to chance

With so much on the line in your car accident case, you owe it to yourself to present the strongest case possible.

Before you move forward with your case you should figure out how to craft the persuasive legal arguments that you need on your side. Only then can you maximize your chances of imposing liability, obtaining accountability, and recovering the compensation that you need.