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Virginia Negligence Laws

The term "negligence" refers to the failure to exercise the proper degree of care expected by a reasonable person in a given situation. For example, a bus driver is expected to be sober during his or her shift. Any injuries to passengers resulting from a drunk driving accident can be blamed on the driver's negligence. Under Virginia negligence laws, comparative negligence by the plaintiff won't bar recovery from common carriers (such as busses and airplanes) if a safety code was violated.

Learn more about Virginia negligence laws below. See Negligence: Background for more information.

Code Section 8.01-58 (Contributory negligence is no bar to recovery in certain employee-railroad disputes.)
Comparative Negligence In an action against a common carrier, comparative negligence will not bar recovery and if carrier violated a safety code, the injured party won't be found comparatively negligent (8.01-58)
Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery -
Contribution Among Tortfeasors 8.01-34; Contributory negligence may be applied when the wrong results from negligence and involves no moral turpitude
Uniform Act No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Virginia injury law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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