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Contributory negligence significantly impacts auto accidents

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Contributory negligence is a legal concept that can significantly affect the outcome of auto accident claims in Virginia. Under this rule, if you are even partially at fault for an accident, you cannot recover any damages from the other party.

Virginia is one of the few states that still follow this strict rule.

Examples of contributory negligence

Imagine you are driving slightly over the speed limit and another driver runs a red light, hitting your car. Even though the other driver clearly violated the law, your action of speeding might prevent you from recovering damages if it contributed to the accident. In Virginia, even a small contribution to the fault bars you from compensation.

Impact on accident victims

This rule can lead to harsh results for accident victims. If a court finds that your actions contributed in any way to the accident, you will not receive any compensation for your injuries, no matter how severe they are. This makes it necessary for drivers in Virginia to follow all traffic laws and drive cautiously.

Advice for drivers

Since Virginia’s contributory negligence law can completely prevent you from receiving compensation after an accident, it is important to take measures to protect yourself. Adhere to speed limits, avoid distractions while driving and follow all traffic rules. If you find yourself in an accident, gather as much evidence as possible at the scene. Consider consulting with a lawyer who can help determine whether you have any fault in the accident and guide you through the legal process to seek a good outcome.

Understanding contributory negligence in Virginia underscores the importance of cautious driving and legal preparedness.

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