North Carolina Car Accident Liability Laws

North Carolina Car Accident Liability Laws

If you have suffered an injury after being involved in a car accident, you must explore your options for holding the negligent driver liable for your damages.

North Carolina is a “fault” state, which means you can recover financial compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and even pain and suffering from the at-fault driver. An injured party can receive compensation from their own insurance company (who will then be reimbursed by the at-fault driver’s insurer), the at-fault drive’s insurer through a third-party claim, or the at-fault driver directly through a personal injury lawsuit.

A person has three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina. If the car accident resulted in a person’s death, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years.

However, if an injured party shares some blame for causing the collision, North Carolina is considered a “contributory negligence” state. This means if a plaintiff shares any percentage—whether it’s 99 percent or one percent—of fault for the accident, they are not allowed to recover financial compensation for their injuries.

If the at-fault party accuses you of sharing some blame for the crash, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. Jetton & Meredith, our legal team can evaluate your case, determine your available legal options, and maximize the compensation you deserve.

For more information about car accidents in Charlotte, contact us at (704) 931-5535 and schedule a free consultation today.


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