Just because you are injured in an accident does not mean that you will be compensated. Recovery can be complicated if you are claimed to be negligent in connection with the accident. Originally, states used the traditional rule of contributory negligence, which barred recovery if the plaintiff was at all negligent. However, in recent years, many states have modified the rule of contributory negligence to allow recovery even if the plaintiff was negligent. This modern rule is called comparative negligence.