Failing to stop at a stop sign is a common traffic violation in North Carolina. When this violation leads to a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver may be held legally responsible for any resulting injuries to passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists. At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle advocates on behalf of seriously injured victims and has successfully handled thousands of motor vehicle collision cases, including those arising from stop sign accidents. Our team is passionate about ensuring that people hurt by the carelessness of others protect and enforce their legal rights. We have successfully resolved claims on behalf of victims throughout North Carolina.
Establishing Liability for a Stop Sign Accident
The requirement that drivers stop when approaching a stop sign is set forth in North Carolina’s traffic statutes, which carefully dictate the legal obligations of drivers who approach vehicle control signs and signals. The law sets forth the specific point at which an approaching driver must stop, which is either a marked stop line before a marked crosswalk or before entering an intersection that does not have a painted crosswalk.
While it may seem clear that a driver who fails to honor a stop sign is negligent and legally liable, it remains the victim’s legal burden to prove that the sign was visible and that the driver who disregarded the stop sign should have seen the sign and stopped before entering the adjacent lane or intersection. If the sign is obscured by foliage or other signs, it is vitally important to photograph the sign at or near the time of the collision, and to identify any parties who are responsible to maintain the area where the sign is standing.
There are various causes of stop sign collisions, including reckless or distracted drivers, as well as people who are intoxicated. A police report will often indicate the cause of the collision as a stop sign violation, and it may serve as helpful evidence of negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. A driver who did not have the right of way will generally be held responsible for a stop sign accident.
Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers and passengers may be injured in a stop sign violation collision. In some situations, it may be necessary to fight back against any allegations that the victim was also at fault. North Carolina law prevents victims from recovering compensation if they were even slightly at fault for the crash.
In a personal injury lawsuit following a stop sign accident, a plaintiff may be able to recover reimbursement for their medical expenses as well as lost wages from work missed due to injuries, in addition to pain and suffering and less tangible forms of harm. It is important for victims to prove all of their current and future medical damages, relying on expert witnesses to provide supporting evidence to confirm the cost and necessity of future medical care, the likely occurrence of future suffering or future physical limitations, and the full impact on the victim’s lifetime earning capacity if injuries restrict the ability to work and earn wages.
Retain a Dedicated Car Accident Attorney in Raleigh
If you have suffered injuries in a North Carolina crash caused by a stop sign violation, the guidance of experienced Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle and the team at Nagle & Associates may help. We can evaluate your stop sign accident case and advise you on your legal rights and obligations. There is no fee to retain our firm, and we can begin advocating on your behalf immediately. It is our priority to leave clients financially secure, and for this reason we charge one-quarter, rather than one-third, of any ultimate award obtained through a settlement. To discuss your claim with an experienced car accident attorney, please invest a few minutes to call our office at (800) 411-1583 or contact us online. Our seven offices throughout North Carolina serve victims and their families in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, and other cities in Guilford, Wake, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Durham, New Hanover, Catawba, and Cumberland Counties.