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What is "contributory negligence"?

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"Contributory negligence" means that the injured person did not act as a reasonable person should in that situation. As a result, he is partially responsible for what happened to him, so all the fault cannot be placed on the defendant.

For example, a cyclist may try to claim damages from a collision, but if the crash occurred at night when the cyclist was not wearing bright clothes or a using a light, then he can be considered as a contributor to what happened to him and would not receive damages.

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