Authorities have identified the individual who was hit and killed as she crossed a street in Athens-Clarke County. According to a local news report, the young woman was crossing the Newton Bridge Road near Commerce Road when she was fatally hit by a pickup truck. The truck was traveling south on Commerce Road when the accident occurred.
A preliminary investigation did not seem to indicate that the driver was under the influence or otherwise impaired during the accident. The driver explained that because of the dark he was not able to see the woman crossing the road until he was at the point where he could not avoid the accident. An accident investigation/reconstruction team was called to investigate and determine the details of the accident. The team did not find any evidence that the truck driver was speeding. Currently, no charges are being pressed against anyone.
Suing Municipalities in Georgia
Although many people commonly think of personal injury suits in terms of suing individuals, it is possible that entities, organizations, and even municipalities can be sued. This of course depends on the specific circumstances of the injury at issue, but it is possible that in a situation similar to the one above the victim’s family may consider bringing a suit against the county.
To bring an injury suit against the county, the victim would need to meet the same requirements as if they were bringing the suit against an individual. Using an example similar to the situation above, the victim’s family would first need to establish that the city owed them a duty to maintain the road in a safe manner. The victim’s family could argue that the city should have ensured that the street and crossing had brighter lights or a clear pedestrian walkway. They then would need to prove that the city breached its duty because neither of those things was in place. Lastly, they would need to establish that they suffered actual injuries and damages because of the city’s negligence.
Personal injury cases can always be complicated, but when a city or municipality is involved it can become exponentially more difficult. This is because the city will most certainly have skilled attorneys to defend it, and it often has a series of defenses when it comes to these sorts of claims, including potential immunity from lawsuits. In order to counter its defenses, an attorney’s expertise is indispensable.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Because of Another’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one has been injured because of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. This compensation often includes payments for your past medical bills, your future medical expenses, and other damages related to the accident. It is important to contact an experienced attorney because these cases take a significant amount of preparation and research. An attorney can assist you in ensuring that all deadlines are complied with and that you have an experienced guide throughout the process. Contact one of our attorneys today at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation.
See Related Blog Posts
Georgia Truck Accident Kills Three in the Same Family, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 17, 2014.
Officers Searching For Truck in Georgia Hit-and-Run, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2015.