Time limits and Comparative Fault
New head of General Motors (GM) Mary Barra will appear on Capitol Hill tomorrow to give her testimony regarding the ignition switch safety defect that resulted in at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles.
This problem has been around for years, which has caused many to ask how long GM has known about these defects and why GM or its regulators didn't do something to fix it sooner? These are the types of questions Barra will likely face tomorrow.
North Carolina is one of only four states in our country that holds to a pure contributory negligence law. Essentially, what this means is that victims who are partially at-fault for their own injuries, even just 1 percent at-fault, may be denied compensation completely.
How is contributory negligence different than comparative negligence?
One thing the United States is doing to improve automobile safety and decrease the number of accidents is developing inter-vehicle communication systems. Essentially, cars would be able to talk to each other. This technology has been coined V2V or "vehicle to vehicle" communication technology.
Preliminary research indicates that these systems have the potential to help drivers decrease avoidable accidents by 70 to 80 percent.
Out of the 10 most dangerous roads in the United States, North Carolina's U.S. 129 comes in fifth for more accidents. This road is so dangerous that AAA has called it "the best chance of being killed." Cities with the highest population density and highest visitor/tourist density typically house the most traffic accidents, such as Raleigh and Winston-Salem.
*The following statistics were compiled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) for the year 2012.
One of the most common questions people ask after they're involved in a car accident is, "Will my insurance rate go up?" Understandably so.
The financial impact of a car accident can often create as much anxiety and fear as the physical damages. Lead Attorney Carl Nagle is a former insurance adjuster as well as a former insurance defense attorney. As such, he knows how insurance companies think and what factors can result in a dropped policy or increased rates.
Each state's auto insurance laws are unique, which is why it is important for you as a North Carolina resident to understand what's in your policy and what will happen in the event of a collision. The first thing you need to understand about our state's auto insurance is that it operates by tort rather than no-fault. This essentially means that, instead of collecting compensation from your own insurance after an accident regardless of fault, you collect from the at-fault driver's insurance.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) compiles crash report data and categorizes all annual crashes by type, severity and other factors. According to this data, there were 213,641 reported auto accidents in the state of North Carolina in 2012. Out of those crashes, 142,342 caused property damage only, 1,190 of them were fatal and 70,109 of them resulted in injuries.
A 19-year-old Michigan resident was shot when she knocked on the door of a home seeking help after a car accident. The girl's cell phone battery had died, and when she knocked on a stranger's door for help, she was met instead with a fatal gunshot to the head. This isn't the only case of its kind to head to court.
Recently, a police officer died in Asheville after his car plummeted from a bridge. An accident reconstruction team is interviewing witnesses and examining the car to determine the cause of the crash. The Asheville police chief said, "This is a great loss for our department, the city of Asheville and the community." Flags were flown at half-staff in Asheville in honor of the deceased officer.