Contributory negligence

Trial court awards only “nominal” damages of the $200 scratch,
rejecting the additional $5,650 from Mahoney’s crash into the
stone wall and tree (a result of his excessive speed).
But on appeal, the Supreme Court of Connecticut orders Beatman
to pay full damages, explaining that Mahoney’s contributory 
negligence was not a proximate cause of the accident.

Mahoney v. Beatman, 110 Conn. 185, 147 Atl. 762 (1929)