The standard of care in contributory negligence is what is reasonable in the circumstances, and this usually corresponds to the standard of care in negligence1. The standard of care depends upon foreseeability. Just as actionable negligence requires the foreseeability of harm to others, so contributory negligence requires the foreseeability of harm to oneself. A person is guilty of contributory negligence if he ought reasonably to have foreseen that, if he did not act as a reasonably prudent person, he might hurt himself2. A claimant must take into account the possibility of others being careless3. As with negligence, the standard
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