By definition, 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 have some culpability in the collision, contributory negligence may be claimed on the part of the plaintiff, which will affect the amount of compensation they are eligible for.
In a court case the jury will decide the exact percentage amount of responsibility of each party involved in the accident, adjusting the compensation amount accordingly.
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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 is riding with a driver they know is intoxicated, fatigued, or distracted
- The driver plaintiff is aware the car they are driving is defective or improperly maintained
- …to name a few.
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.
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