On Wednesday Evening, May 13, 2009, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB 813, which would replace our current contributory negligence system with a comparative fault model. This should be a welcome change for accident victims in the state.
North Carolina is currently one of fewer than a half dozen jurisdictions clinging to a contrib system. It’s time for us to move ahead. I am cautiously optimistic we can finally establish a more rational system that can help reduce wrong-headed liability insurance denials in car accident claims.