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Understanding Contributory Negligence in the Commonwealth of Virginia

It’s a beautiful afternoon, and you’re riding your bike down the road, wearing a helmet and obeying the traffic laws, and BAM! Out of nowhere, you find yourself lying on the sidewalk and looking up at the sky. You soon realize you’ve been hit by a vehicle.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later, and you’re told you may not be eligible to collect any compensation from the person who hit you. How can that be?

• 3 Things Virginia Residents Must Do Immediately After an Accident

Virginia is what they call a “Contributory Negligence” state. What this means is if you are even found the slightest bit responsible for your injury, you can’t collect damages. says contributory negligence is “a doctrine of common law that if a person was injured in part due to his/her own negligence (his/her negligence "contributed" to the accident), the injured party would not be entitled to collect any damages (money) from another party who supposedly caused the accident.”

To learn the differences in negligence and more on contributory negligence have a read through this informative article at WalletHub, “Comparative vs. Contributory Negligence: Learn About State Rules.”

The Suffolk attorneys at Ferguson, Rawls & Raines serve all of Hampton Roads and are experts in personal injury law. They will ensure you get the best possible outcome for your legal case regardless of the circumstances. Dealing with an accident and injury can be a harrowing experience. Don’t go it alone, contact FRR today.


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