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Answer - 5 StatesOnly 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.

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Contributory negligence is a rule of law that has been largely abolished in the U.S., as it deemed that a plaintiff who was even partially at fault for the incident, due to his own negligence, could not recover any damages from the defendant, who supposedly caused the incident. Contributory negligence refers to some amount of negligence on the part of the plaintiff, without which the incident would not have occurred. To explore this concept, consider the following contributory negligence definition.

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Under both contributory and comparative negligence, the negligence of the defendant is not in doubt; it has been proved by the plaintiff. The basic difference between the two concepts is that comparative negligence attempts to compensate the plaintiff for some portion of her injuries, no matter how small, where as contributory negligence serves to bar completely a damage award for injury.

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Contributory negligence is when defense to a claim based on negligence. Having cases where the plaintiffs have walking into their own harm that they have suffered. Like when a person is jay walking and gets hit by a car the person who got hit cannot sue the person driving because they were jay walking.

What are the differences between contributory and comparative negligence?

Both Contributory and Comparative negligence are theories which take into account the fact that a person injured by a tort by another person may also have been negligent and actually partially caused the injury. Individuals are charged with taking such actions that a reasonable person would take under ordinary circumstances to protect himself/herself from injury. Under the common law rule of contributory negligence, if the injured person failed to take such action, he/she would be barred from recovering damages for the injury even if the defendant had indeed been negligent. Contributory negligence, even if slight compared to the defendant's negligence could result in the plaintiff being denied damages. A driver who is not watching where he is going and hits a pedestrian who is standing still is negligent. The pedestrian should recover damages. But if that pedestrian steps into the middle of the road without even looking has contributed to the negligence that caused his own injuries. That pedestrian will not recover damages because he was contributorily negligent. Recognizing that this was sometimes unfair and harsh, especially when a defendant's negligence far exceeded the plaintiff's, the concept of Comparative negligence was created. Under comparative negligence, a plaintiff may recover damages against a defendant only if plaintiff's negligence was not greater than defendant's. If both parties were negligent, their negligence is compared and reduced to percentages of the whole amount of negligence that caused the injury. If a plaintiff is found to have been 25% negligent and the defendant 75% negligent, the jury totals up all the damages that could be awarded to plaintiff and reduces plaintiff's damages by 25%. If the jury finds that plaintiff was 51% negligent, plaintiff gets nothing at all. Contributory negligence was the rule at common law. Comparative negligence exists only if a particular state has enacted a statute adopting comparative negligence and abolishing contributory negligence.

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