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If I'm in an accident that is partly my fault, can I still file a claim?

Winter Accident_06082014Accidents are often caused by a number of factors. For example, someone may have hit you because of running a red light, but you may have been speeding when you passed through the intersection. It could be argued that you are partially responsible since you may not have passed through the intersection at that moment if you had not been speeding.

You may think that you do not have a claim if you were found to be partially responsible for the accident. As North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Mike Jordan explains, in North Carolina, that is usually true, though there may be some exceptions.
North Carolina recognizes "contributory negligence," which says that if you are at fault even 1 percent in an accident, you cannot recover damages from the other driver.

However, North Carolina also allows for some exceptions to this rule. The "Last Clear Chance" doctrine states that if a driver had an opportunity to avoid the accident but did not take advantage of that opportunity, then that person is truly at fault. The Last Clear Chance doctrine assigns fault even if it could be argued you may have contributed in part to the accident.

Even if you were determined to have potential contributory negligence in an accident, the Last Clear Chance doctrine may make it possible for you to pursue a claim to recover damages from the at-fault driver.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been in an accident and you have any questions about whether you have a claim, a North Carolina personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you determine what your legal rights may be. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. Don't let a misunderstanding of the law keep you from getting the compensation that you may deserve.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078