contributory negligence

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Legal principle that an aggrieved or injured plaintiff may have contributed to his or her injury by being negligent of the obvious and known conditions. Careless driving and driving without using a seat belt are examples of contributory negligence. When compared with the negligence of the defendant, the extent of contributory negligence may defeat the attempt to recover damages or may reduce the amount of the award.

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I didn't know if the plaintiff would win the lawsuit and walk away rich because of something called contributory negligence.
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The contributory negligence experienced by the plaintiff in the case was of considerable importance as mentioned by the attorney in the case.
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The deciding factors will depend on whether or not the jury feels she has a larger amount of contributory negligence in the actions she took that night.
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