In the case of a California car accident, many parties, including the used car seller, could be responsible for causing your accident. Whether or not you can hold a party liable depends on their role of wreckless or negligent behavior that caused the accident.
California is a fault state, meaning that someone must be held liable for an accident. California is also a comparative liablity state, meaning that more than one party can be held liable for causing an accident.
Here’s who may be held liable for causing the accident that resulted in your subsequent injuries:
- You, the driver, can be liable for you own damages and injuries if you are found at fault for causing the accident. If you are found partially at fault for causing the accident, this means that the other parties involved will also only be held partially responsible for covering the costs related to your damages.
- Another driver, can be held liable for the accident if their wreckless of negligent behavior, such as speeding, distracted driving, or diving under the influence played a role in causing the accident.
- The city or municipality can be held liable for causing the damages to you and your used car if city infrastructure they are responsible for maintaining, such as potholes, broken lights, and missing signs, played a part in causing your accident.
- The used car seller can also be held liable for causing the damages you experienced from the crash - but there are some more details surrounding this topic that we will explore further in the next session.
These are the different parties that can be held liable to compensate you for the damages to you and your vehicle you experienced as a result of the accident. Again, more than one party can be held liable, depending on the level of recklessness or negligence they contributed to causing the accident.