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Contributory Negligence – What is it and why should I care?

 

After you have been in a car accident, there are so many things that you have to think about, deal with and worry about. Insurance companies, repair companies, doctors etc… As a North Carolina car / truck or motorcycle driver, one thing you didn’t even know that you had to worry about is contributory negligence.

 

Contributory negligence? What’s that?contributory negligence in North Carolina car crash law

A very basic definition of contributory negligence is “..the lack of care by a plaintiff for his own safety” (Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006).

It was the dominant common law defense in the 19th and 20th centuries but has fallen by the wayside in most states. Only four states and the District of Columbia still use contributory negligence when deciding liability in an automobile accident or crash.

Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of those states.

What does that mean for you? Let’s say someone ran a red light causing you to slam into the side of their vehicle. It was the other drivers’ fault, right? They ran the red light. Well, if the other driver’s insurance company and their team of expert car crash lawyers can prove that you were driving five miles over the speed limit or were in any other way at fault, then you contributed to the accident therefore you are not entitled to any compensation.

When you get into a car accident in North Carolina or one of the other contributory negligence states it is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable car accident attorney as soon as possible after the incident. They can assess your case, walk you through potential defenses and help you with important decisions you will have to make. Of course this applies equally to motorcycle accidents and accidents involving trucks.

The insurance companies have powerful attorneys working for them. You should too.

 

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219 Broad Street
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(252) 633-2550

 

5178-A Hwy 70 West
Morehead City, NC 28557

Directions

(252) 726-7000

 

501 SE Greenville Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27858

Directions

(252) 353-4100

 

4944 Windy Hill Dr.
Raleigh, NC

Directions

(919) 803-1908
Fax 919-803-1908

 

118 Cardinal Drive
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Directions

(252) 535-4444

 

445-A Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546

Directions

(910) 455-4546

 

1800 E. Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Directions

(919) 722-6955

 

1213 Culbreth Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405

Directions

(910) 772-2242

1620 US-17 BUS
Williamston, NC 27892

Directions

(252) 789-4040

3250 Zebulon Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Directions

(252) 442-3975

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