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Contributory Negligence

Contributory Negligence

Charleston, IL Car Accident Attorneys

Contributory negligence refers to a plaintiff’s own involvement and contribution to the harm or injury they experienced. For example, two cars involved in a crash could have both contributed to the accident by driving distractedly or making illegal traffic maneuvers.

In situations where both parties involved in a car accident share responsibility for the collision, contributory negligence may be claimed on the part of the plaintiff, which will affect the amount of compensation to which they are entitled.

In a court case, the jury will decide each party’s exact percentage of responsibility, adjusting the compensation amount accordingly.

Our Charleston, IL car accident lawyers at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm believe traffic accident victims deserve aggressive and fair representation in cases where contributory negligence is a factor. We always fight for the maximum amount of compensation due to our clients. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless we recover for you.

To find out how we can help, fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation — it’s totally free and without obligation, and the details of your case are always confidential.

Types of Contributory Negligence

In each state, the definition of contributory negligence liability will vary. In Illinois, if the contributory negligence of the plaintiff is found to be 51% or more, they will not be eligible for compensation. If the total amount the plaintiff is at fault is decided to be 50% or less, they will be eligible for reduced compensation based on the jury’s decision of how much they contributed to the accident.

Some actions that could translate into an argument of contributory negligence include:

  • The driver plaintiff was speeding at the time of the crash
  • The pedestrian plaintiff was making sudden, unpredictable movements in the road
  • The passenger plaintiff was riding with a driver they knew was intoxicated, fatigued, or distracted
  • The driver plaintiff was aware the car they were driving was defective or improperly maintained

Serving Central & Southern Illinois Since 1996

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident and were partly responsible, you may still recover compensation for your injuries if you reach out to an experienced car crash law firm for a review of your case. Since 1996, we have represented victims of traffic collisions across Charleston, IL, Central and Southern Illinois, and St. Louis. We at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm are here to help you recover the compensation that can help you begin to put the pieces of your life together after a serious crash.

Call (217) 394-5885 or contact us online for your free, confidential case review.

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