Yes, you may still be able to seek compensation for a car accident even if you were partially at fault. The ability to claim compensation will depend on the extent of your fault and the laws of contributory negligence that apply in your case.
Contributory negligence is a legal concept that comes into play when multiple parties are found to have contributed to an accident or the resulting injuries. In the UK, the concept of contributory negligence is governed by the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945.
According to this law, if you were partially at fault for the accident, it does not necessarily prevent you from seeking compensation. However, the amount of compensation you are entitled to may be reduced to reflect your share of responsibility for the accident.
When determining compensation in cases of contributory negligence, the courts will assess the extent of each party’s contribution to the accident and their resulting injuries. The compensation awarded is then adjusted based on the percentage of fault attributed to each party.
For example, if the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the accident, your compensation amount may be reduced by 20% to account for your contribution to the incident.