Hello, I am Peter Bartinik, Jr. and I am a board certified civil trial attorney practicing law in Connecticut.  In this video I will explain the rule of contributory negligence as it applies in a car accident case in Connecticut.  First, I will explain what contributory negligence means, and then I will explain the rule as it applies to car accidents.  Contributory negligence, as I will discuss it, is the general rule that will apply to most negligence cases in Connecticut.  It does not apply to all of them.  But most of them.  For example the rule won't apply in products liability cases in Connecticut.  That is a different rule.  First, I will explain what contributory negligence it, and then I will explain the rule.  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.  

I hope this helps.  Have a nice day.


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