should I take 50 responsibility in this accident


I was in a car accident and he insurance company settlement says it’s a
50/50. I was turning right in a one-lane street with green light, and my car
got hit on right-rear. Insurance company says that it’s because I was not
close enough to the right curb before turning. Just want to know if it’s
worth for arguing.

Yushu Pu

Asked on July 6, 2017 under Accident Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

How much is at stake--i.e. how much do you have to pay if you are 50-50 at fault? If your 50% share is $1,500 or less, it is likely not worth fighting: while you could do it yourself as your own attorney ("pro se") to save on legal fees, even without a lawyer, you'll spend some money on litigation, lose in the aggregate 1 - 2 days from work, and not have anything like a guaranty you will win or get anything more. If your share is several thousand dollars and you believe that you were not at fault, then it probably is worth fighting--and if worth, say, $5,000 or more, probably economically worth hiring an attorney for.

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