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The person that submits a personal injury claim feels that someone else’s negligence has caused that accident victim’s injury. Still, it is not always easy to prove that a given person has been negligent, or that he or she was more negligent that others at the accident scene.

General questions that help to identify the negligent party:

Of the 2 parties present at the time of the accident, which of them was less careful? The absence of care is viewed as negligence. What was the location of the injured person at the time of the accident? Was he or she where rules and common sense would have him or her situated?

Indications that the person at-fault might be someone that was not at the scene of the accident.

The negligent person that caused the accident was working for someone else at that moment in time. The accident took place on property that was dangerous or in a deteriorating condition. In that case, the property owner might be held liable for the injuries sustained by those that visited that unsafe piece of property.

Was the accident caused by a defective product? If the answer is “yes,” then it could be that the maker of that product could be held responsible for any injuries. Yet that assumes that someone was injured. If no one got injured, then there would be no basis for a personal injury claim, regardless of how unsafe the marketed product might be.

What happens if more than 2 people were involved in a given accident? Who should be held responsible for the resulting damages and injuries?

In that situation, the injured victim must identify one party, the person that seemed least careful, and sue that same person. The party that brought the lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer in Garden Grove, then needs to settle the resulting lawsuit with the insurance company of the person charged with responsibility for the crime.

After that insurance company has covered the damages and injuries, it can seek reimbursement from the insurers of the other involved parties. Each of those parties must contribute to the requested compensation. Yet those other parties do not constitute a formalized group. Hence, the members of that informal group cannot act together, in order to honor the request from the person that has been held responsible for the multi-party accident.

Instead, each of them must respond separately to the charges made by the person that has been forced to pay the costs of the identified expenses, those created by an act of negligence. Each such party must pay some portion of the money that needs to serve as a fair reimbursement. Delivery of that payment should serve as a reasonable step in an equitable resolution.