In this YouTube Hangout, Phoenix car accident lawyer John Kelly answers an online question about comparative negligence in car accident cases. You may also visit us online at or post a question to the comments section and John has agreed to answer your questions.

Jack – I was in a car accident with a number of other vehicles. I was hit from behind, but my vehicle also hit the car in front of me. If it turns out that I was partially at fault, can I still get damages from one or more of the other drivers? Is this what they mean when they talk about comparative negligence?

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– We’re with John Kelly. John is a personal injury attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s agreed to answer online questions. This question was specifically related to multiple-car accidents as well as comparative negligence. With that said, let’s.. Jack says, “I was in a car accident with a number of other vehicles. “I was hit from behind “but my vehicle also hit the car in front of me. “If it turns out that I was partially at fault, “can I still get damages “from one or more of the other drivers?” He also adds to this, “Is this what they mean when they talk “about comparative negligence?”

– Yeah, in Brian’s case, it’s exactly what they’re talking about when they’re talking about comparative negligence. When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, we’re typically looking at a situation where the insurance company, the police, everyone’s gonna try to figure out who is at fault for this accident. And sometimes there are multiple parties that were following below the standard of a reasonable person and were negligent in the matter. In this instance, he mentions that he was rear-ended and then was pushed into another vehicle. And, to me, that sounds like he wasn’t at-fault for the accident so I’m interested in hearing why he was found to be at-fault. If he had hit the person in front of him first and then he was rear-ended, or, there may be a number of situations but, regardless, if he’s found to be at-fault for the accident or comparatively at-fault, it diminishes his value of his claim, somewhat. That doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim. So, if you are found to be somewhat at-fault for an accident you should still speak with a personal injury attorney. Talk to them. Because they may be able to do some investigation and gather enough evidence to kind of hit the scales in another way and have ’em weigh towards your side of the story to a point where you can make a claim out it. So, these are cases that definitely need to be looked at. You can contact an attorney, and I’m willing to give a free consultation, in any comparative fault case.

– Excellect. Well, if you have any other questions for John, just post ’em in the comments section below the video in YouTube and he has agreed to get back and answer any questions you have. Thanks, John.

– Thank you. Yeah, you can call me here Kelly Law Team 602-283-4122.

– [Ryan] Thanks.