Comparative negligence is a term that applies to Tort law. When establishing negligence, the courts consider to what extent the defendant was responsible for the accident in question. Prior to the 1960s, if the victim of an accident could be assigned any responsibility for the accident, then the other party would not have to pay any compensation. However, because that system of “contributory negligence” created unjust protection for negligent behaviors, a system known as “comparative negligence” was established.
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Comparative negligence holds a party liable to the extent that he, she, or it was responsible for an accident. For example, if a judge finds that the injured party was 25% responsible for the accident and that another party was 75% responsible, then each party will contribute compensation accordingly. In most courts, however, the injured party will not receive compensation if he or she was responsible for more than 50% of the accident in question.
This method of dividing compensation according to responsibility provides injured parties with some relief, even though they may have had a small role in their own accident.
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