According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,319 people died in auto accidents in 2010 on North Carolina roadways; thousands more were injured. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has died, you may need a Raleigh auto accident attorney.
Pursuing an auto accident injury claim in North Carolina can be a challenge as North Carolina is one of the few states that still adheres to the concept of Contributory Negligence. This means that if the injured party was at fault in causing his injuries to any degree, he may not recover for his injuries even though the accident was caused primarily by the fault of the other party. Doctrines such as the Defendant’s Gross Negligence and Defendant’s Last Clear Chance may still allow the victim to recover but it can be very difficult. If you or a loved one has been injured or died in an auto accident in North Carolina, you should speak to a Raleigh auto accident attorney or Durham auto accident attorney to learn your rights.
Statute of Limitations in North Carolina
In North Carolina, the law requires that you bring your lawsuit against the at-fault driver within a certain time period after the date of the accident. If you do not file your lawsuit against the at-fault driver within 3 years of the date of the auto accident, you will be forever barred and will not be able to recover from the at-fault party or their insurance company. If the accident causes the death of a loved one (a wrongful death claim), you will have only two years to file the claim or bring the action. You should speak to a Raleigh auto accident attorney sooner rather than later.
The auto accident lawyers at Merritt Webb are anxious to aggressively represent your interests and ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries and losses. If you need an auto accident attorney in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina, either call us at 1.800.556.8404 or click here to fill out a short Auto-Truck Accident Submission form.