Spokane, WA asked in Personal Injury for Washington

Q: If another driver hit my car but I was driving without chains in the snow will that limit their liability?

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Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Not necessarily. The other driver's insurance company or attorney can always claim that you were somehow negligent, and that contributed to the cause of the collision. If that's the case, then yes, your damages can be reduced proportionate to your responsibility for the crash.

But that doesn't just happen automatically; it's the job of your lawyer to argue that. It will be influenced by the specific facts of your case, how and where the crash happened, how bad the road conditions were. Don't just concede that you bear any fault, maybe you don't.

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