SB 477 – The Victims Fair Treatment Act creates fair treatment under the law
Did you know that North Carolina is one of only four states where victims of accidents or deliberate actions are not able to hold wrongdoers accountable, under the law?
It’s true. Due to the Contributory Negligence defense, a perpetrator can argue that their hands are free and clear of any responsibility for any recovery if their victim contributed in even the slightest way to the accident. This means if a jury finds that an accident victim was even just 1% responsible for the accident, Contributory Negligence dictates that they recover nothing. This could all change under The Victims Fair Treatment Act which would fix the unfair cover of Contributory Negligence.
Contributory Negligence denies justice to victims who were injured almost entirely through no fault of their own. This antiquated legal doctrine is raised in all types of cases from accidents in the workplace, animal attacks or situations of nursing home neglect to even in the most obvious cases, like rear-end car crashes. Forty-six other states have removed these types of unjust laws and it’s time North Carolina does too.
The good news is that the North Carolina legislature has introduced a groundbreaking bill that could level the playing field for those injured by someone else. SB 477 – The Victims Fair Treatment Act – will end the contributory negligence provision, making a fair system that holds wrongdoers accountable and allow victims to receive justice.
The NC Advocates for Justice has created a website where you can easily make your voice heard. In addition to resources and information, you can contact your lawmaker, share your story, and learn about partnerships to support this groundbreaking legislation.
Be sure to visit the Victims’ Fair Treatment Act site and check out their Facebook and Twitter pages to get the latest information and share your stories and support with others. If you have any questions or concerns about the legislations impact for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we’re here for you when you need us most.