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Principle: When the Plaintiff by Reason of His Own Conduct Contributes to the Damage Caused by the Wrongful Conduct of the Defendant, He is Considered to Be Guilty of Contributory Negligence. - Legal Reasoning

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Principle: When the plaintiff by reason of his own conduct contributes to the damage caused by the wrongful conduct of the defendant, he is considered to be guilty of contributory negligence.
Facts: A had to buy groceries from the shop across the road from his house. As A had to leave for a meeting he was in a hurry. He tried to cross the road, all of a sudden, without looking and was hit by B's car. Is A guilty of contributory negligence?

Options

  • Yes, A was not careful while crossing the road and he contributed to his own injury.

  • No, A was in a hurry. He cannot be held guilty.

  • Yes. A should not have crossed the road at rush hour.

  • No. A did not anticipate that his actions will lead to an accident.

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Solution

Yes, A was not careful while crossing the road and he contributed to his own injury.
It was the Common law rule that anyone who by his own negligence contributed to the injury of which he complains cannot maintain an action against another in respect of it. Because he will be considered in law to be the author of his wrong.

Concept: Law of Torts (Entrance Exams)
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