Injury Lawyer in Sarnia use the term liability, when referring to the legal responsibility for creation of an accident. The legal system determines the legal responsibility by examining the level of carelessness that was demonstrated by those involved in that same accident.
The least careful person gets labeled as the negligent party.
A person’s location at the time of the accident’s occurrence works to indicate the extent of that same person’s negligence. Consequently, those individuals that have not moved from their rightful spot cannot be forced to wear the label of “negligent and liable.”
Carelessness on the part of an accident’s victim could lead to a reduction in the level of compensation given to that same victim. If a driver were to hit a car that had 4 passengers in the back seat, that careless seating arrangement would force a reduction in the amount of money awarded to the men and women in the vehicle that absorbed the impact.
Employers are held responsible for their employee’s actions. If an employee’s carelessness has caused an accident, any injured victim can hold the employer liable. The owner of a property gets held liable for an injury to a visitor. That same rule applies to anyone that has been given control of a specific piece of property, or a specific area of a building.
If a defective product has injured a consumer, the liability could get assigned to the product’s maker, designer or seller/marketer. Investigators would need to examine the level of care exercised by the maker, the designer and the marketer.
The issue of liability could arise if more than one person were found at fault for a given accident.
In that case the legal system dictates that one of the responsible parties must compensate the injured victim. Yet that does not mean that those that did not make a payment should not be considered liable. So, how does the legal system arrange for money to be paid by each person that has been viewed as liable for the injury-causing accident?
The legal system seeks to be fair to all involved. It would not be fair for one party to shoulder reimbursement of the plaintiff’s expenses, when 2 or more parties had caused the accident. Hence, the party that had paid the plaintiff would have the right to seek reimbursement from any other liable parties.
Of course, it might not be clear who caused what portion of damage. For instance, a car with some minor damage might experience a powerful hit from a different vehicle, at a different time. Then an engineering expert would need to examine the impacted vehicles, and assess the level of damage that had been caused by each party.