Can NC Leave Contributory Negligence Behind?

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.


One thought on “Can NC Leave Contributory Negligence Behind?

  1. For those keeping track, the comparative negligence bill died in the state senate this year as “compromise” language was added in that neutralized the positive aspects of the bill. So, for the present, NC is still stuck with contributory negligence.

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