If you or a family member has recently been victimized in a North Carolina car, motorcycle, or truck accident, you are likely committed to “seeing justice done” and getting fair compensation. These are laudable goals.
However, in our rush to hold others accountable for what happened, we can make errors of attribution (blaming the wrong person, company, or other factor), which can not only lead to unfair results (e.g. an innocent person being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for your injuries) but can also destroy a potentially good case against the truly negligent/careless party.
That’s all a little heady. So let’s break it down.
Think about a theoretical North Carolina truck accident. Say, as you were merging onto I-95, a trucker drifted into your lane and forced you off the road. Although you managed to stabilize your vehicle and prevent catastrophe, you and your family were shaken up, and you suffered severe whiplash, which may ultimately cost you tens of thousands of dollars in chiropractic bills and other medical care.
Your instinct might be to sue the trucker, the trucking company, or some other entity that might be responsible (e.g. an insurance company). You might be right. However, a more detailed investigation – conducted by an experienced North Carolina truck accident law firm, for instance – might reveal that the trucker behaved appropriately for the situation. The real cause of the crash had nothing to do with bad driving. It had to do with bad road design.
The highway was engineered in such a way that accidents like yours were relatively likely, given visibility conditions, signage posted, etc. In this case, the culpable party would be the authority that designed that section of the freeway.
It’s important to get these things right both to minimize unfairness and to minimize the chances that your case will be diminished or destroyed by new revelations.
To build a smart defense, connect with a North Carolina truck accident law firm today.
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