Arizona follows a pure comparative negligence rule, meaning that fault for the accident can be shared among multiple parties. In a third-party claim, the injured party (the claimant) seeks compensation from the at-fault party (the third party).
In Arizona, drivers who are partially at fault for car accidents can still seek compensation. However, that compensation would be reduced by the level of fault a driver contributes. For example, a driver who is 20% at fault and accrues $100,000 worth of damages would be eligible for $80,000.
When pursuing a 3rd party claim, your attorney would file a claim against the other party’s insurance provider. Often, these claims result in settlement negotiations between the crash victim’s attorney and the insurance company. The goal is to reach a mutually agreeable compensation amount without going to court.