What Is Contributory Negligence And What Effect Will It Have On The Damages I Am Entitled To In My Motor Accident Claim?

Put simply, a finding of contributory negligence against an injured person means that you share responsibility for your accident i.e. that you and your actions contributed to your accident.

Some Examples

  • You were a passenger in a motor vehicle and did not wear your seat belt. In the accident you were ejected from the vehicle.
  • You willingly allow an intoxicated driver to drive you and an accident occurs and you are injured.
  • You allow an unlicensed driver to drive you and you are injured in an accident.
  • You ride your skateboard behind a car which is towing you and you are injured.

These are but a few examples of where a finding of contributory negligence on your part may be found.

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