Kansas and Missouri’s Comparative Negligence Laws Broken Down


When a negligent driver causes your accident, you should be able to hold them accountable. However, in some states, if you are found somewhat negligent, you may not be able to collect compensation. The DiPasquale Moore team is here to help you understand where your grounds are when it comes to a car accident in the states of Kansas and Missouri.


Kansas follows the 51% rule of modified comparative negligence when it comes to personal injury cases involving negligent drivers. So what does this mean for those who have been in an accident? Well, it means that if you are found 51% or more at fault for your injuries, you cannot recover compensation. However, if you are less than 50% at fault, you can be awarded damages adjusted to your percentage of fault.


Missouri follows pure comparative negligence, which means that even if you are at some sort of fault for your accident, you can receive compensation. If the injured party was at fault in some way, damages received would be deducted in relation to the injured party’s percentage of fault. So, even if the injured person is 99% at fault for the accident, the court can still award compensation for that 1% of the fault the other party contributed.

Kansas and Missouri Car Accident Attorneys

Here at DiPasquale Moore we know how tricky the rules of negligence can be in both states, and that’s why we’re here to help. We handle all types of car accidents ranging from drunk driving to Uber and Lyft accidents. You deserve some peace of mind during this challenging time. We’ll handle the hard work while you recover from your injuries.

When you’re ready, you can contact us at (816) 888-7500 or visit our website to get started on a free consultation. If you’d rather visit in person, we have locations in Kansas City, St. Louis, Topeka, and Columbia.


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