In an article for the Lakeland, Fl Ledger, Ted Babbitt, Babbitt & Johnson senior partner and award-winning Florida personal injury attorney, explains Florida’s comparative negligence law.
What is comparative negligence law?
Comparative negligence law means that after a car accident, the insurance company for the adverse driver can claim there should be a reduction of the amount to which you are entitled to if any part of the accident is your own fault.
All judges are required to follow the comparative negligence rule in Florida if the case actually goes to trial. During the trial, the jury will be asked to decide the percentage of fault of both drivers. “If the jury finds that any percentage of the fault in the accident was due to your own negligence, the amount that the jury decides for your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of negligence that contributed to the accident by your own fault.” Ted said in the article.
For more information and examples, read Ted Babbitt’s article on comparative negligence.