09 Feb What is contributory negligence in personal injury claims?
In many accidents, the cause of the accident and the person responsible for the accident is very clear. However, in some accidents this is not clear.
There may be more than one, two or even several parties who contributed to the cause of the accident. If this is proven to be the case, then each of the contributory negligent parties are responsible on a percentage basis to pay personal injury compensation. Speak to a personal injury solicitor to discuss the circumstances of your personal injury claim as soon as possible.
What happens when I don’t wear my seatbelt in an accident?
One of the most common examples of personal contributory negligence in personal injury claims is where a person involved in a car accident failed to wear a seatbelt. If the driver who caused the accident can prove that the injured party was not wearing a seatbelt, their compensation may be reduced by 25% on the basis that had the injured party been wearing a seat belt their injury would have been lessened.
In this way the injured party contributed to the severity of their own injury by not wearing a seatbelt in circumstances where it is their lawful duty to do so.
Speak to one of our personal injury solicitors in Dublin today to discuss your claim.