Asheville jury latches onto contrib law

For all victories, there must come some defeats. Very disappointing result yesterday in Asheville in a car/bicycle crash trial. Jurors told us they sympathized with the driver, who pulled out of a parking lot right in front of the cyclist, because “it’s so hard to see cyclists.” In the end they found the driver negligent, but also found the cyclist negligent, which in North Carolina means he gets no recovery. Another casualty of North Carolina’s ridiculously unfair contributory negligence law. This experience reminds us that the general public (ie. jurors) will always hold cyclists to a higher level of care than they will drivers. We need to stay constantly vigilant to protect both our safety AND our rights. Please stay safe out there.


Bike Delaware
Peter Wilborn Feb 11, 2018

We understand the importance of good Rules of the Road when it comes to protecting cyclists in court. Changing the laws that protect cyclists is one of the most important ways to make the roads safer and promote better biking. And there has been some notable progress in this area over the last 10 years. […]

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