contributory negligence

Definition of "contributory negligence"
  1. A rule barring recovery of damages by a personal injury plaintiff if they are even slightly at fault for the accident, applied in a few states
How to use "contributory negligence" in a sentence
  1. Because of contributory negligence, despite the reckless driving of the other person, John couldn't get any compensation since he had skipped the red light.
  2. In Maryland, Mary had an injury but since she was partially at fault, under the doctrine of contributory negligence, she received no damages.
  3. In a recent car accident, the cyclist's lack of helmet was considered contributory negligence, denying him any compensation.

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