Blog ImageA multi-vehicle collision accident can be a scary experience for anyone. Attempting to unravel who is at fault for injuries sustained in the accident can be downright stressful. Multi-vehicle accidents are a complicated mess but, in Illinois courts, sorting out liability is done using the standard of modified comparative negligence. You will want to understand what this is, how to prove fault, and how to take action following an accident which makes it all the more important to secure an experienced attorney.

Modified Comparative Fault

Illinois uses modified comparative fault in injury lawsuit decisions for how damages are split. Instead of requiring proof of 100 percent at-fault negligence as is the case for contributory negligence, comparative negligence is left up to the court to decide the at-fault percentage of each party. So, using modified comparative fault in a three-car pileup, the court will look at how much negligence each party was responsible for. To receive compensation, the defendant would need to be 51 percent or more responsible, or the plaintiff would need to be 50 percent or less responsible, for the accident taking place.