Topic

law change

14 petitions

Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to Senator Gladys A Robinson, Senator Phil Burger, NC Senator Jeff Jackson, North Carolina State Senate

End the Contributory Negligence Law in N.C.

North Carolina is one of only four states, out of fifty, who still adheres to the strict doctrine of Contributory Negligence which states that if a plaintiff sues a person under the theory of negligence, the plaintiff will not be able to recover if his injuries were caused by his own negligence, even in the slightest.  My 23 year old, mentally ill daughter was a pedestrian who was killed by a negligent driver and we were not able to obtain a lawyer who would assist in fair responsibility and compensation due to this doctrine and therefore our family was left with funeral expenses and trying to figure out why her death was just considered an ordinary unfortunate accident even though the driver of the vehicle had a certain percentage of fault which was not able to be addressed. I, as a mother, am left feeling as though my hands are tied in the death of my daughter caused by a negligent driver. North Carolina is considered one of the most unsafe states in the U.S. for pedestrians. North Carolina is ranked 7th for having the highest fatality rate in the U.S. from January 2017 to June 2017. The contributory negligence law in the state of North Carolina is in dire need of termination.  Getting rid of this doctrine would help pedestrians who are extremely vulnerable against vehicles in an accident where the driver would have to take the responsibility he caused in the accident. Whereas now, if a pedestrian is hit and injured, or in my daughter’s case, killed, other families would be able to obtain recovery for the full extent of their injury or for the family in the event of death. North Carolina should follow suit with that of its sister state, South Carolina, and use a comparative negligence standard. Under this doctrine, each party’s precise percentage of responsibility will be ascertained in order to determine their liability for the accident. The apportionment of fault is critically important. 

Mignon Elkes
1,491 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown, Mike DeWine

Lower the Minimum Drinking Age to 19

The 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act was put in place to curb drunk driving deaths by raising the minimum age to drink to 21 and cutting ten percent of federal funds appropriated for state highway maintenance to any states that do not comply. With the invention of the smartphone and apps such as Uber and Lyft, there is, essentially, a cab at most peoples' finger tips. Although drunk driving is still an issue today, there is no doubt that it has been curved by these apps. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that Uber does have a positive effect on drunk driving in places where there is a lot of "congested traffic and limited parking", such as a college campus.   18 year-olds can purchase tobacco products (in most places), fight in the armed forces, be tried as adults in a court of law, and vote. At age 19 most young Americans are out of high school and have either started a job or are in higher education. Many students do not turn 21 until their junior or senior year of college, leaving about half of students on U.S. campuses without the same social opportunities as the rest. Fake ID's from China, underage consumption charges, embarrassment of being denied from a bar, loss of alcohol sales, loss of job opportunities, I could go on, but my point is that there are many consequences for young Americans and for the U.S. government for continuing to observe this act. If we are given all of these responsibilities, but are not able to be trusted to drink like the adults we are told we are, then we will vote those into office who see value in our adult opinions. Why are we still observing this act that was approved the same year that Michael Jackson's Thriller and Tetris was released?

Max Tash
108 supporters