In taxpayer negligence systems, the plaintiff cannot collect any damages for their injuries if they caused their own injury in any way. This type of neglect is abandoned in many states. Using the same car accident scenario as above, the plaintiff would not receive any damages. Gross negligence generally defines the actions of a person who showed little or no concern for the safety of others.
This neglect is different from careless, convective action. Although a driver may act carelessly by taking his eyes off the road to tune his stereo, another driver can commit an act of gross negligence for reckless driving. This is a form of negligence that occurs when the plaintiff (injured party) is liable for a fraction of their injuries. However, comparative negligence generally only applies when the victim is marginally responsible for their suffering.
In such a case, the plaintiff may not be able to obtain full compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. While the defendant's charges are not acquitted, compensation is significantly affected. An example of contributory negligence is driving without wearing a seat belt. Proving negligence is required in most accident or injury claims, such as car accidents or slip and fall cases.