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What states are contributory negligence states?


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April 02, 2014 6:59PM

Answer - 5 States

Only five (4) states and the District of Columbia still recognize the pure contributory negligence rule, which says that a damaged party cannot recover any damages if he is even one (1) percent at fault.

They are:


Alabama Power Co. v. Schotz, 215 So.2d 447 (Ala. 1968).

District of Columbia

Wingfield v. People's Drug Store, 379 A.2d 685 (D.C. 1994).


Board of County Comm'r of Garrett County v Bell Atlantic, 695 A.2d 171 (Md. 1997).

North Carolina

N.C.G.S.A § 99B-4(3).


Baskett v. Banks, 45 S.E.2d 173 (Va. 1947).

Indiana also has this rule for MALPRACTICE cases only.