Contributory negligence mean the negligence of the plaintiff.  If you are injured in a car accident and you bring a civil case, then you are the plaintiff.  Contributory negligence means your negligence.  A negligence case has two parts:  Who is at fault, and what are the damages.  In many cases faust is contested, or both parties are partially at fault.  That is where contributory negligence comes into play.  Contributory negligence refers to the plaintiff's negligence.  So, what is the rule.  The rule is that as long as the plaintiff is not greater than 50% at a fault, then the plaintiff can recover.  So, 0-50% then the plaintiff can recover.  And Connecticut has also adopted a comparative negligence rule which mean that whatever percent of fault is attributed to the plaintiff, then that percent is deducted from the plaintiff's damages.  

If you need help with a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut.  

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut