When it comes to determining fault in a jaywalking accident, contributory negligence and comparative negligence are two legal concepts that may come into play. Contributory negligence can apply in some states and means that if the pedestrian contributed to the accident in any way, they may be barred from recovering damages. For example, if a pedestrian was jaywalking and a speeding driver hit them, the pedestrian may be considered at fault and unable to recover damages.
Comparative negligence, on the other hand, is a legal concept that applies in many states. It means that fault is assigned to each party based on their percentage of negligence. For example, if a pedestrian was jaywalking and a distracted driver hit them, the pedestrian may be assigned 50% of the fault, and the driver may be assigned 50% of the fault.
It's also worth noting that there are specific laws governing pedestrian behavior that may come into play in a jaywalking accident. Pedestrians are required to follow traffic signals and use designated crosswalks or intersections when crossing the street. If a pedestrian is found to have violated these laws, they may be held partially or fully responsible for the accident. However, drivers also have a responsibility to exercise caution and follow traffic laws, and if they were found to be speeding, not paying attention, or violating other traffic laws, they may also be held partially or fully responsible for the accident. Ultimately, the specific circumstances of the accident will determine the level of shared fault and who is ultimately responsible for the accident.