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I Was Breaking the Law, But So Was the Other Driver
If you are breaking the law (some examples: driving drunk or stoned, driving the wrong way on a one-way street or even driving without a license), you lose the privilege to assume others will follow the law. The reasoning by the courts is that if you aren't following the law, you don't get to assume other people will. If this happened in your accident, the court will examine what each party did to break the law, and how much it contributed to the accident (See "What Does the Phrase "Comparative Fault" mean?").