What does comparative negligence mean?
Comparative negligence comes into play when parties on both sides of a lawsuit have some responsibility for the incident or injuries in question. For instance, if you’re in a car accident while not wearing a seat belt or a motorcycle wreck without a helmet, you would bear some responsibility for the severity of your injuries, but not as much responsibility as an impaired driver or otherwise negligent or reckless driver who caused the accident to occur to begin with.
In cases where comparative negligence is involved, the court would assign a percentage of the responsibility to both parties, but the party who showed greater negligence would still be responsible for compensating the party who showed less. While the damages you were awarded would be reduced, they could still be substantial and you should not allow partial, lesser responsibility for your injuries prevent you from seeking rightful compensation from a party who is more at fault than you.
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