As New Hampshire is a comparative fault state, it is important to highlight how liability is divided. In some cases, the division of liability is straightforward. For example, if a drunk driver ran through a red light, hitting a pedestrian who otherwise was safely crossing the road at a crosswalk, that driver would likely be at fault for the entirety of the crash. Therefore, they would be held liable for 100 percent of the victim’s injuries. However in many real-world personal injury cases, dividing liability is far more complex. This is because sometimes two or more parties share the blame for the same accident. In shared liability personal injury cases, each party’s precise level of fault must be determined so that liability can be divided and assigned in a proportional manner. A victim can even be held partially liable for their own injuries. For example, imagine that you were involved in a commercial truck accident, and you sustained $30,000 in damages in the crash. After investigation, it is determined that the trucking company is at fault for 80 percent of the crash, but that you are also to blame for 20 percent of the wreck. In this example, you would be held liable for 20 percent of your own damages, or $6,000. Therefore, your financial recovery from the trucking company would be limited to $24,000, instead of $30,000. Clearly, the division of fault is a key factor in New Hampshire personal injury cases. If fault is disputed in your case, it is critically important that you get a qualified lawyer by your side as soon as possible.