If I am partially at fault for the accident, can I still recover compensation?

California follows a "comparative negligence" standard, which means that if you were also careless or negligent in causing your own accident, your right to be compensated is reduced by the percentage of your carelessness. This allows the plaintiff to recover only the percentage of damages attributable solely to the defendant.

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