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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

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).

Maryland

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).

Virginia

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

Indiana also has this rule for MALPRACTICE cases only.