Percentage of Fault in Car Accident

car accident japanIf you become a victim of a car accident, you will need to negotiate with the insurance company of the other party.

In such case, the insurance company attempts to reduce the settlement amount.

For instance, although the victim believes he/she is not at fault, the person of the insurance company often insists that “your fault percentage cannot be zero because your car was also moving”.

Especially when the victim is a foreigner, some people from insurance companies try to negotiate better deals for themselves. They try to take advantage of the victim’s lack of knowledge on the Japanese rules.

However, 0% fault is not unusual even when the accident is caused between moving cars.

Since it is difficult for ordinary citizens (especially foreigners) to determine about fault percentages etc., you should consult an attorney as soon as possible, if you get involved in a car accident.

Also, if you get involved in a car accident, you MUST call the police (call number 110) and let them record the accident. If you don’t call the police for some reason, it may become difficult to claim your damages afterward.

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Kei Sumikawa

Kei Sumikawa

Attorney at law (lawyer) in Kawasaki city (next to Tokyo and Yokohama). Member of Kanagawa Bar Association (former Yokohama Bar Association).